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Australian researchers combine cultural practices with pain management | SBS News

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What great hope this pain management team provide. And I can’t help but think, well, ‘der’!

I’m not being rude, but if professionals were able to understand the cultural background of the patient, and talk with them, not to them, of course pain communication will be easier.

That’s what my Pain Train is all about. The person creates their own profile, in their words, documenting their history and their way…

Please, please, please, listen to the patient!

Australian researchers combine cultural practices with pain management | SBS News

Source: Australian researchers combine cultural practices with pain management | SBS News

Could cultural practices hold the key to help improving pain management? A team of Australian researchers have found evidence to say yes, in at least some cases.

Sydney researchers have pioneered a chronic pain treatment program, specifically designed for people from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Liverpool and Fairfield Hospitals, along with Western Sydney University, teamed up for the nine-month trial, creating a culturally responsive approach to treatment.

How does it work?

Senior Physiotherapist Bernadette Brady said researchers focused on Assyrian, Mandaean and Vietnamese communities in south-west Sydney. She explained many people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds failed to understand and engage with traditional physiotherapy.

“We really wanted to understand how people perceive pain and what their pain experience is, and then use that to help guide how we could tailor our approaches to better suit their needs and better suit what their beliefs are,” Ms Brady explained.

“For the Assyrian community we saw that pain’s very much about physical pathology, or a biomedical problem, and so we really had to make sure that whatever we were doing in treatment aligned with that understanding.”

Different treatment plans were adopted, and catered specifically for each cultural group.

“(For the Vietnamese community) we really saw that pain was an imbalance in their body’s energy systems, or their body’s Âm Dương – which is the Vietnamese concept of Yin and Yang,” Ms Brady said.

“For the Mandaean community, pain is very much about the physical and also the social and emotional consequences of being a refugee in Australia.”

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