How Can We Get to Equitable and Effective Postpartum Pain Control?

Jasmine D. Johnson*, Shontreal Cooper, Nevert Badreldin, Celeste Green

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Postpartum pain is common, yet patient experiences and clinical management varies greatly. In the United States, pain-related expectations and principles of adequate pain management have been framed within established norms of Western clinical medicine and a biomedical understanding of disease processes. Unfortunately, this positioning of postpartum pain and the corresponding coping strategies and pain treatments is situated within cultural biases and systemic racism. This paper summarizes the history and existing literature that examines racial inequities in pain management to propose guiding themes and suggestions for innovation. This work is critical for advancing ethical practice and establishing more effective care for all patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)577-587
Number of pages11
JournalClinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume65
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2022

Keywords

  • health disparities
  • inequity
  • pain management
  • postpartum pain
  • racism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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