Cultural Competence for Today's Healthcare Professionals, Part 3 - OT400

Cultural Competence for Today's Healthcare Professionals, Part 3

The Cultural Factor in Pain Management

by Cynthia King, PhD, NP, MSN, FAAN
(4.2 / 1299 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Occupational Therapy (0.10 AOTA CEU)

Price: $19.00
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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
Content Focus
Domain of OT: Activity Demands
Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention
Professional Issues: Contemporary Issues and Trends

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, physicians, occupational therapists.
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OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 4/21/2015
Date of Most Recent Review: 4/21/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 4/21/2018

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Paula G - Independence, KY  ·  Apr 07, 2019
Gives knowledge needed for cultural differences for pain
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Tess B - Durham, NC  ·  Mar 13, 2019
Easy to read, good reminder of variances in pain expression in different cultures.
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Jennifer W - Riverview, FL  ·  Dec 30, 2018
this course is edcational and informative.
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Lauren F - Guthrie , KY  ·  Oct 08, 2018
This was a great article. I learned a lot I can use in my everyday practice.
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Carla W - Virginia Beach, VA  ·  Sep 15, 2018
presented in a clear and direct manner
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Price: $19.00
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