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Understanding Anglo-Americans’ Culture, Pain, and Suffering 

Understanding Anglo-Americans’ Culture, Pain, and Suffering
Understanding Anglo-Americans’ Culture, Pain, and Suffering

Susan Sharp

and Cheryl Koopman

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date: 23 September 2021

This chapter has three primary aims in reviewing the literature on responses to pain among Anglo-Americans. First, it discusses the literature on Anglo-Americans’ responses to their own pain, particularly in their pain sensitivity, coping with their pain, and expression of their pain in the medical sett ing. Second, this chapter summarizes evidence suggesting that the dominance of Anglo-Americans among physicians and other health providers in the United States has unintended adverse consequences for pain management of ethnic minority patients. Finally, this review will conclude with recommendations for improvements in medical education and clinical practice as well as for future research.

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