Funded by The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) R01MD010372.
This is a collaborative study with Rand Corporation, Baylor Trauma Center and Penn Presbyterian Trauma Center to examine trauma as a portal to chronic pain. Chronic pain poses a disproportionate public health burden on racial and ethnic minorities. Substantial inequities exist in the pain treatment received by African-Americans and Latinos relative to their non-Latino White counterparts. The long-term objective of this research is to contribute to the ultimate reduction or outright elimination of racial and ethnic pain disparities. The near-term goals are to identify potentially modifiable factors that can serve as intervention targets to reduce or eliminate pain or pain-related burden. In this study we are prospectively examining of factors posited to underlie racial and ethnic disparities in the transition from acute to chronic pain in the year after injury, in a sample of 900 adult survivors of serious physical injury, comprised of roughly equal proportions of African-Americans, Latinos, and non-Latino Whites.