Psychosocial and Demographic Factors in Pain

Paloma Toledo*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Pain is a multifactorial construct, and the experience of pain is subjective. To understand and treat pain is of great societal importance, not only from the standpoint of discomfort and cost to each individual patient but also from a societal perspective with lost worker productivity. In this article, two specific aspects of pain will be discussed: (1) the psychosocial and demographic factors involved in the experience and (2) disparities in management based on demographic and socioeconomic factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9780123851574
ISBN (Print)9780123851581
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Age
  • Bias
  • Culture
  • Disparities
  • Ethnicity
  • Health literacy
  • Mood
  • Pain
  • Patient'provider communication
  • Race
  • Socioeconomic status

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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