Pain, psychology and culture: How our ethnic origin and culture affect perception and expression of pain

Understanding ethnicity and culture is of paramount importance not only in health care but in our everyday life and the way we live and conduct our business. Proper understanding of our differences and similarities serves us well in shaping our Canadian multicultural environment to the benefit of all of us living in this blessed country.

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Angela Mailis Gagnon, MD, MSc, FRCPC(PhysMed)
Director, Comprehensive Pain Program,
Senior Investigator, Krembil Neuroscience Centre
Toronto Western Hospital,
Chair ACTION Ontario

These topics are also covered in Dr. Mailis Gagnon’s book: Beyond Pain: Making the Mind-Body Connection

Keywords: pain, healthcare, ethnicity