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Papers: 12 Aug 2023 - 18 Aug 2023

Psychology, Sex/Gender/Race, Social Aspects

Human Studies, Neurobiology

Abdominal/Pelvic Pain, Psychological/Comorbidities

2023 Aug 11

Pain Manag


Review of racial/ethnic disparities in obstetrics-related anesthesia administration and pain management.


Khusid E, Lui B, Ibarra A, Villegas K, White RS


While racial/ethnic disparities in maternal outcomes including mortality and severe maternal morbidity are well documented, there is limited information on disparities in obstetric anesthesia practices. This paper reviews literature on racial/ethnic disparities in peripartum anesthesia administration and postpartum pain management. Current literature demonstrates racial/ethnic disparities in several aspects of obstetric anesthesia care including neuraxial administration for vaginal labor pain, neuraxial versus general anesthesia for cesarean delivery, post neuraxial anesthesia complications, postpartum pain management and postdural puncture headache treatment practices. However, many studies are dated or have limited data from single institutions or states. More research on nation-wide racial/ethnic disparities in obstetric anesthesia is needed to understand its broader practice and management in the USA.