Individual social, spiritual and physiological factors seem to influence the experience of pain. People experience pain differently even within the same cultural group by having more or less of a modulating substance, such as endorphins, within their physiological system. This could explain why the response to pain differs not only among people from different backgrounds but among those from the same ethnic group. There is also evidence that primary care providers underestimate pain severity in their minority patients. This continuing education module helps healthcare professionals become familiar with cultural differences associated with pain perceptions and pain management.
The goal of this continuing education program is to emphasize the important role that culture plays in patients’ display of pain and healthcare professionals’ assessment and management of it. The program also addresses the regulatory requirements from The Joint Commission relative to pain management. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Describe how culture can influence a patient’s expression of pain and pain tolerance
- Discuss how cultural background affects a healthcare professional’s response to and management of pain
- Relate strategies for conducting cultural and pain assessments to identify and to respond to a patient’s pain in a culturally appropriate manner
Content Level: Intermediate
Instructional Method: Online Course — Narrative
Domain of OT: Activity Demands
Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention
Professional Issues: Contemporary Issues and Trends
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, occupational therapists and EMTs/paramedics.
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