'I Got Hit By A Bus And The Hospital Gave Me Advil’ Woman Tweets About Health Care Discrimination

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'I Got Hit By A Bus And The Hospital Gave Me Advil’ Woman Tweets About Health Care Discrimination

It was all centered around a report that Black women are far less likely to be believed about pain symptoms they describe.

Published October 5th

A Black woman’s tweet is sparking some major conversation over how Black women are not believed by medical professionals about physical pain they describe.

  1. Danielle Radford, a comedian, tweeted that she was hit by a bus, was knocked out and suffered a concussion a while back. She claims she was only prescribed Advil to deal with the presumably horrible pain.

  2. She also shared a picture of the immediate aftermath of the horrific incident
  3. of course, social media was shocked and outraged
  4. some even shared their own stories
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    While hundreds of women have their own personal stories, there’s actually data to back up their claims. The Washington Post reports that a 2000 study out of Emory University found that at a hospital emergency department in Atlanta, 74 percent of white patients with bone fractures were given painkillers compared with 50 percent of Black patients.

    They also highlighted a 2007 study, which found that physicians were more likely to underestimate the pain of Black patients compared with other patients.

    Have you experienced a doctor or health professional who didn’t believe pain you were experiencing? Let us know in the comment section below.

     

Written by Paul Meara

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