Differences Between Caucasians and Minorities in Brain Injury Cases

Dr. Carlos Arango-Lasprilla talks about the ways in which ethnic groups are treated the same or differently, especially when someone is ill or injured.

Compared to Caucasians, you can see that there are a lot of sociodemographic and injury characteristics, especially from people that have a TBI in this country. Usually, minorities are more likely to be younger. They are more likely to be less educated. They are more likely to have more severe injuries. Also, minorities are 4 times more likely to have their TBI related to violence. Minorities are more likely to be male, and also they are more likely to be unemployed at the time of the injury. And they are more likely to earn less money. Compared with Caucasians, they have this kind of the same problems--these kind of traumatic brain injury problems. I think there are some factors that could influence the minorities have these kinds of problems when they are younger. For example, the concept of prevention is not very common in our culture. And you can see that some Hispanic, some African-American, people from Asia, they usually don't wear seatbelts or they have some risk behaviors, like they like to drive cars and drink alcohol at the same time, or they don't use the helmets when they ride a bicycle. I think we need to do more education in our communities because I don't think that we have done too much education and showed them how dangerous it could be to drive a car without using a seatbelt or this kind of behavior.
Posted on BrainLine April 1, 2009.