Home Health Parents News Now African American Kids Less Likely to Get Antibiotics African American Kids Less Likely to Get Antibiotics By Holly Lebowitz Rossi March 21, 2013 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Mail Email iphone Send Text Message Print shutterstock_7135504 30231 The findings are based on 1.3 million doctor visits with the same 222 providers, and were independent of age, gender or type of insurance. This is not the first time research has shown racial biases among health professionals. A smaller study at the University of Washington, showed that unconscious racial biases affected the amount of pain medication given to black children when they needed it. And a Johns Hopkins study highlighted that primary physicians with unconscious racial biases tended to dominate conversations with black patients, ignore their social needs and exclude them from the decision-making process. However, today's study is one of the few to look at its effects on respiratory infections and antibiotic use in children. "Our goal has always been to find ways to improve antibiotic prescribing for children," says study author Dr. Jeffrey S. Gerber, who is also assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine's Division of Infectious Diseases. "These analyses [then] revealed the differences in prescribing by race." Although, what this study has uncovered may not be a negative. In the age of antibiotic overprescribing and the fear that unnecessary antibiotics later lead to "superbugs" that are too strong to treat, this may in fact be a good thing. "Overprescribing of antibiotics to children with [respiratory tract infections] is common," Gerber says. Image: Child at the doctor, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Mail Email iphone Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment African American Kids Less Likely to Get Antibiotics Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.