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Language Use and Generation Status are Associated with Chronic Pain Differences in Mexican Americans.
Hollingshead NA, Vrany EA, Hsueh L, Stewart JC, Hirsh AT. Language Use and Generation Status are Associated with Chronic Pain Differences in Mexican Americans. Journal of immigrant and minority health. 2022 Apr 1; 24(2):342-350.
Little is known about the pain experience of the Mexican American (MA) population. We investigated the associations between language use and generation status with chronic pain prevalence, health insurance coverage, and analgesic medication use. We examined 3373 MA respondents from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. We found higher levels of English use and generation status were associated with higher odds of reporting chronic pain. For respondents reporting chronic pain, higher levels of English use and generation status were associated with higher odds of being covered by health insurance, lower odds of having a period of time last year without health insurance, and higher odds of being prescribed any analgesic medication, especially opioid medications. We found language use and generation status play a role in MAs' experience, access, and treatment of chronic pain. Patient-, provider-, and systems-level interventions may be needed to reduce these disparities.