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Airing Pain 13: Culture, Epidemiology and Back Pain

How cul­ture can affect our expe­ri­ence of pain, a sur­vey of pain in Scot­land, pain man­age­ment pro­grammes and a Q&A ses­sion on back pain

How do cul­ture and reli­gion affect the way we expe­ri­ence and man­age our pain? Dr Shilpa Patel, Dr Sue Pea­cock and Sir Michael Bond talk about the rela­tion­ship between cul­tur­al back­ground and pain.

Also in the pro­gramme: Dr Steve Gilbert answers ques­tions from peo­ple expe­ri­enc­ing back pain; Phil Siz­er of Pain Asso­ci­a­tion Scot­land pro­vides advice on pain man­age­ment pro­grammes; and we learn about the epi­demi­ol­o­gy of pain and hear from Gen­er­a­tion Scot­land about how their study of pain in the Scot­tish pop­u­la­tion can help with the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of risk factors.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Back pain, cul­ture, reli­gion, soci­ety, socioe­co­nom­ic research, pain per­cep­tion, epi­demi­ol­o­gy, leg pain, hyper­sen­si­tiv­i­ty, pain ser­vices in devel­op­ing coun­tries, can­cer, HIV/AIDS, lan­guage bar­ri­er and mus­cu­lar pain.


  • Pro­fes­sor Blair Smith, Gen­er­a­tion Scotland
  • Pro­fes­sor Sir Michael Bond, Pain man­age­ment in devel­op­ing countries
  • Dr Steve Gilbert, Q+As on back pain
  • Phil Siz­er, Pain Asso­ci­a­tion Scotland
  • Dr Shilpa Patel, Cul­tures and pain
  • Dr Sue Pea­cock, Cul­tures, gen­der and pain.


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