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The Clinical Encounter: Implications for Pain Management Disparities 

The Clinical Encounter: Implications for Pain Management Disparities
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The Clinical Encounter: Implications for Pain Management Disparities
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Raymond C. Tait

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199768875.003.0011
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date: 10 August 2020

This chapter considers the social psychological factors referenced above as reflections of the medical culture relative to the practice of pain management. This view is clearly consistent with recent definitions of culture:10 “…the values, beliefs, norms, and practices of a particular group that are learned and shared and that guide thinking, decisions, and actions in a patterned way.” Consequently, the chapter will examine the impact of these beliefs, norms, and practices on clinical judgments and decisions related to the care of patients with chronic pain. A close examination of these factors will identify practice patterns that contribute to disparities, particularly disparities that eventuate in systematic undertreatment. With a better understanding of these patterns, recommendations will emerge aimed at mitigating those disparities in healthcare delivery.

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