Biocultural Dimensions of Chronic Pain

Biocultural Dimensions of Chronic Pain : Implications for Treatment of Multi-Ethnic Populations

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Based on qualitative and quantitative studies in the United States and Puerto Rico, this book demonstrates the significant effects of patients' and health providers' ethnic and cultural backgrounds on the chronic pain experience. A biocultural model from medical anthropology is used to contribute to a better understanding of the interaction of biology and culture in human pain perception. In the studies described, the factors most often associated with successful adjustment to chronic pain are not biomedical but cultural, psychosocial, or the cultural, political, and economic contexts of medical care, compensation and rehabilitation. Truly multi-disciplinary chronic pain treatment programs must be staffed by providers knowledgeable in cultural relativity and cultural self-awareness and should integrate a cultural assessment with an individualized rehabilitation and biopsychosocial treatment plan for each patient.
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  • Hardback | 205 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 20mm | 421.85g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791427358
  • 9780791427354