Affordable Access

Cultural influences on pain

Sage Publications Ltd.
Publication Date
  • R Medicine (General)


The relationship between pain and ethnicity is shaped by experience, learning and culture. • Mistaken beliefs about the nature of pain and disability, resistance to treatment seeking, reluctance to comply with treatment and failure to accept responsibility of the treatment outcome are not culturally or sub-culturally specific obstacles to pain management. • A cultural group's expectations and acceptance of pain as a normal part of life will determine whether pain is seen as a clinical problem that requires a clinical solution. • The reviewed literature shows disparities in pain treatment based on ethnic background. • Multidisciplinary research needs to investigate the models of pain and treatment in different cultural groups to allow us to understand how pain is presented and how beliefs and expectations about treatment can be married with practical solutions and effective evidence-based pain management.

There are no comments yet on this publication. Be the first to share your thoughts.


Seen <100 times

More articles like this

Cultural Influences on Pain.

on Reviews in pain March 2008

[Cultural influences on pain perception and behavi...

on Archives de Pédiatrie September 2007

Cultural influences on the assessment of children'...

on Pain research & management : t... 2009
More articles like this..