Should the colour of your skin matter?
Episode #2 of our paramedicine podcast is now available. Listen to Associate Professor Bill Lord discuss an article he co-authored titled “Influence of patient race on administration of analgesia by student paramedics”.
In this episode, Bill reveals that "African Americans were found to be 40% less likely to receive pain relief compared to their Caucasian counterparts....”
“(All patients) were found to be 65% less likely to receive analgesia (pain relief) for pain associated with family violence."
"(We need to) raise to a conscious level biases that might influence the way we think and process information and make decisions"
Bill is an Adjunct Associate Professor within the Monash University Department of Paramedicine. Bill is also currently deputy co-chair of the Paramedicine Accreditation Committee within the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Bill has been a paramedic since 1981 and worked in universities and ambulance services across Australia in that time.
Link to the study can be found here: (open access)