Culture and the impact it has on the pain experience written assignment (CO5)
Read the following article: Alvarado, A. J. (2008). Cultural diversity: Pain beliefs and treatment among Mexican-Americans, African-Americans, Chinese-Americans and Japanese-Americans. The article describes how culture influences pain beliefs and subsequent treatments. Although this article refers to the treatment of patients by doctors and nurses, it does provide insight for the dental community.
Discuss culture and the impact it has on the pain experience. Your assignment should be 2-3 pages in length, using APA 6th Edition
Cultural Diversity_Article on Pain.pdf
Summary of article with culture and pain.docx
It is not about pain perception of different cultures.
It is not about how these cultures are increasing in population and we need to understand them. They have all been in the US a long time.
It is not about not being judgmental because they are different.
Becoming aware of a patient’s reaction to pain in relation to their culture will help create the utmost standard of care.
All 4 cultures may not express pain but for various reasons. It is the caregiver’s job to be aware that suppression of expressing pain needs to be recognized by the caregiver as it may be detrimental to the patients’ health and healing.
Stoicism–the endurance of pain or hardship without a display of feelings and without complaint.
Macho- a man who is aggressively proud of his masculinity
Machismo–strong or aggressive masculine pride
African American –Stoic–what their ancestors went through was so much more
Chinese American-perfect patient; showing reaction is weakness; they do not want a reputation of being weak; also may turn to traditional medicine instead of pharmacueticals
Japanese American-an honor and virtue to bear pain; high respect; behavior showing high moral standards
Fear of addiction to pain medications; big taboo
“On the subject of the pain, health caregivers and patients, sometimes do not have the same beliefs in what the experience of pain is for each person and what the treatment should be. Research on the Mexican-Americans, Chinese-Americans, Japanese-Americans, and Africa-Americans reveals culture plays a role in how people respond to pain, the belief in what is causing their pain, and how each culture believes it should be dealt with. Health caregivers must evaluate how they can respect the patients’ beliefs and values and yet meet the challenge of providing excellent care.”