A study found black women with chronic pain were more likely to be physically impaired by their pain.


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  • Anonymous

    The conclusions in this type of study may not be valid. This may not be considered a scientific study but merely a survey with plus/minus big deviation.
    For example, I can make a similar study of women’s bathrooms, how dirty they are and how it affects them. I then send the white women and the black women similar questionnaires. Based on their answers, I conclude
    that black women with dirty bathrooms were more physicially impaired by their dirty bathrooms.
    A scientific study would have the researchers look
    at the bathrooms to make sure that they are comparing similar bathrooms and look at and measure the impairment to be able to compare both.
    Another example is sending a questionnaire to white women and black women and asking how Rock music has affected their hearing.
    Let’s say that black women answered that it has affected their hearing severely, would one accept this and make a conclusion. A scientist would measure the degree of hearing impairment in each group to validate. And so on.
    The study did not evaluate and look at the actual impairment of each patient to make a comparison.
    – Dr.EAM

  • gasman

    Well naturally the study did not measure the actual impairment. It did ascertain how impaired people felt. People who feel impaired, would be expected to have a poorer quality of life because, 1) they feel impaired, 2) the feeling of impairment often leads to behaving in impaired manners, failing to seek health care, failing to seek meaningful employment, resuling in poorer socioeconomic status, which to complete the cycle, causes them to slip further into the depths of feeling impaired.

    The cure is a problem though; when people cannot, will not bootstrap themselves, how can one do it for them?