An analysis of more than 1 million trauma patients' records revealed a surprising result for researchers – black patients aged 65 and older had 20 percent better odds of survival than their white counterparts.

“We have long found it vexing that minority patients consistently do worse, even in treatment for trauma that seems to leave little room for bias,” study leader Adil Haider, M.D., an associate professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said. “And although we still see the disparity in younger black patients, we were surprised to find in this study that older black trauma patients were more likely to survive their injuries.”

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