Psychosocial and cultural aspects of pain. gender and identity issues of pain
Vasiliki Tsirtsiridou, Georgia Vassilopoulou
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
- Tsirtsiridou Vasiliki, Consultant Anaesthetist. Anaesthesiology Department and Pain Clinic, Hippocrateio General Hospital, Athens.
- Vassilopoulou Georgia, Senior staff Nurse, Speiliopoulio Hospital, “Saint Eleni”, Athens
Recording of pain starts simultaneously with recording of history. This experience is based on
cultural and social factors. These determine the perception and expression of pain, seeking medical
assistance and receptivity to treatment.
Method and material: A review of the research about the psychosocial and cultural aspects of pain
was done, using the electronic data bases and mainly pub-med.
Conclusions: Τhe perception of pain is subjective and multifactorial as well as the effects of chronic pain syndromes in humans. Research to find the causes of this complexity is long and exhaustive.
However, duty of health professionals is their constant effort for the relief of the patient's pain.