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Pain in Children across Cultures 

Pain in Children across Cultures
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Pain in Children across Cultures
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Huda Abu-Saad Huijer

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10.1093/med/9780199768875.003.0004
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date: 10 August 2020

Culture, however imprecise the definition, is an important influence on the experience and response to pain. The definition of culture is complex and might include concepts such as ethnicity, race, skin color, religion, language, among others.1 Psychosocial perspectives on cultural diversity in pain among adults have been addressed by several authors since the early 1950s.2,3 The importance of similar work in children remains warranted. Pain expression, assessment, and reporting, in addition to pain management, may be greatly influenced by the culture of the child, parents, or caregivers.46 This chapter will examine the influence of culture on pain in children.

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