Prevalence and Severity of Symptoms in a Sample of African Americans and White Participants

Indu Taneja, Suzanna So, Julian M. Stewart, Meredyth Evans, Leonard A. Jason

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2013), African Americans have a substantially greater prevalence of a range of health conditions when compared to other racial or ethnic groups. Many of these conditions have been attributed to the historical and contemporary social and economic disparities faced by the African American community. While many health conditions occur at a higher rate in African Americans, it is unclear whether there are specific symptom clusters that may also be more prevalent in African Americans as a result of these disparities. Potential differences in symptomology have not been thoroughly examined between African Americans and White populations. The current study compares the prevalence and pain severity of symptoms among a sample of African Americans and White participants. Significant differences in symptom prevalence were found in disturbed sleep and reproductive areas. African Americans also experience more pain due to symptoms related to orthostatic intolerance. Implications of this finding are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)50-58
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of cultural diversity
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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