Trauma Care Bias Found

Study reports that older patients receive worse treatment for injuries


 
 

Kelly Brewington | | Tuesday, August 19, 2008


BALTIMORE -- Patients older than 65 are much less likely to be taken to a Maryland trauma center than younger patients with the same medical emergencies, according to a new report by Johns Hopkins researchers. And unconscious age bias could be a factor in the disparity, the researchers said.

The study, published yesterday in the journalArchives of Surgery, sought to quantify a question that has been explored anecdotally: Are elderly trauma patients treated with the same vigor as their younger counterparts? In short, the study found, they are not.

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