Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mode of Anesthesia for Cesarean Delivery

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(Anesth Analg. 2016;122:472–479)

Neuraxial anesthesia is usually the preferred anesthetic mode for cesarean delivery (CD). However, for African American women undergoing CD, the odds of general anesthesia use are 1.5-fold higher than for whites. The authors of the present study thus investigated whether racial/ethnic disparities exist for mode of anesthesia (general vs. neuraxial, which includes spinal, epidural, or combined spinal-epidural anesthesia) among women undergoing CD. The authors also evaluated whether or not these associations are influenced by demographic and maternal factors, obstetric morbidities, and indications for CD.

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