Study shows disparities in pediatric ED restraint use

2021-09-15

A study in JAMA Pediatrics found that pediatric emergency department visits for Black patients were more likely to involve physical restraint, compared with visits for white patients. The findings, based on data involving more than 550,000 ED visits among youths, also showed that boys were 95% more likely than girls to be restrained during ED visits and patients covered by Medicaid were 28% more likely to be restrained, compared with those on private insurance.

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