BLACK AMERICANS SUFFER MORE PRESSUE SORES IN NURSING HOMES
My question is “why?”
According to the findings of a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association(JAMA), elderly African Americans face a greater risk of suffering bedsores or pressure ulcers as a result of nursing home neglect.
The researchers, from the University of Iowa, found that from 2003 to 2008 African Americans were at a significantly increased risk of suffering from pressure sores or decubitus ulcers as compared to white residents. For example, in 2003, the pressure ulcer rate was 16.8% for black nursing home residents compared with 11.4% for white residents; in 2008, the rate was 14.6% compared with 9.6%.
In my opinion no resident (black,white, or brown) should have pressure sores. But my question remains, why do African Americans suffer more pressure sores and ulcers?