, 2023-01-08 00:00:00,
An ongoing effort based in Tulsa that hopes to have a nationwide impact on Native Americans with chronic pain has been approved for more federal funding to make it happen.
The Oklahoma Native American Pain Risk Study, which is trying to find out why Native people suffer from pain at greater rates than other ethnic groups, was recently approved for a grant from the National Institutes of Health and will begin recruiting participants in February for the final phase of the effort.
The approved grant, amounting to $514,891 for the first year, will provide approximately $2.75 million over the projected five-year grant.
The new study, the first of its kind anywhere, is led by Jamie Ruddy, a professor of psychology at the University of Tulsa and an award-winning expert in the physiology of human pain.
Rudy, director of TU’s Psychophysiology Lab of Affective Neuroscience, leads a team of experts who have been studying the problem. He said research to date has confirmed that Native Americans experience chronic pain at higher levels than any other ethnic group, including nearly three times the rate of non-Hispanic whites.
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