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I think the answer to that question is yes, and probably yes for many areas of medicine because health disparities are widespread. It is not as well studied in functional GI disorders as it is in other areas. However, a recent study with Kyle Staller, MD, MPH of the Mass General Group, shows that there are health disparities in IBS patients referring to gastroenterologists, especially compared to whites, blacks, Hispanics and Asians. They were also more likely than whites to have colonoscopies and other procedures. Right now it is not known exactly why. They did not account for economic factors, such as contributing factors, where they lived, and other types of factors. But I think it’s clear that there are differences and we all need to be aware of that and do our best to treat all patients the same.