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Culture's Effects on Pain Assessment and Management

Narayan, Mary Curry MSN, RN, HHCNS-BC, CTN

AJN, American Journal of Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000370157.33223.6d
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Abstract

OVERVIEW: Minority patients are at high risk for poor pain outcomes. When patients belong to a culture or speak a language that's different from that of their health care provider, the provider faces additional challenges in successfully assessing and managing the patients' pain. This article describes how and why culture affects both patients and nurses. It also discusses why members of cultural minority groups frequently receive suboptimal pain management and how nurses can improve patients' pain outcomes by using culturally sensitive assessments and providing culturally comfortable care.

In Brief

Nurses can improve patients' pain outcomes by using culturally sensitive assessments and providing culturally comfortable care.

Author Information

Mary Curry Narayan is a transcultural nurse consultant in Vienna, VA.

Contact author: mary.narayan@cox.net. The author has disclosed no financial interests in any commercial company related to this educational activity.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.