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The Effect Of Ethnicity On Prescriptions For Patient-Controlled Analgesia For Post-operative Pain 

The Effect Of Ethnicity On Prescriptions For Patient-Controlled Analgesia For Post-operative Pain
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The Effect Of Ethnicity On Prescriptions For Patient-Controlled Analgesia For Post-operative Pain
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Bernardo Ng

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10.1093/med/9780199768875.003.0016
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date: 10 August 2020

The psychiatrist’s task in such settings is greatly complicated when either the patient or staff members are from different cultural backgrounds. The complications arise because cultural and psychosocial factors play such a powerful role in the way humans understand and respond to pain.4 In other words, the provision of good analgesia is influenced by ethnic differences in how pain is expressed, the attitudes of patients and health professionals towards pain management, and pharmacological differences in the responses to opioids.5

The use of patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) can minimize some of the problems that may occur because of poor communication between the patient and healthcare staff. Nevertheless, in multicultural societies, health professionals should be conscious of the many factors that influence the effects of prescribed treatment to manage pain in different ethnic groups.6

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