The Girl Who Cried Pain: A Bias against Women in the Treatment of Pain

  title={The Girl Who Cried Pain: A Bias against Women in the Treatment of Pain},
  author={Diane E Hoffmann and Anita J Tarzian},
  journal={The Journal of Law, Medicine \& Ethics},
  pages={13 - 27}
To the woman, God said, “I will greatly multiply your pain in child bearing; in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”Genesis 3:16 There is now a well-established body of literature documenting the pervasive inadequate treatment of pain in this country. There have also been allegations, and some data, supporting the notion that women are more likely than men to be undertreated or inappropriately diagnosed and treated for… 

using pain, living with pain

Bondage and discipline, domination and submission, sadism and masochism is a series of practices forming a space in which the people living with chronic pain are able to engage with their somatic experience in ways that do not expect normalcy, while being disabled and living with Chronic pain gives them space to explore non-normative sexual practices.

Perceptions of gendered and ungendered pain relief norms and stereotypes using Q-methodology

Perceptions of the most socially acceptable ways for men and women to relieve pain are explored, providing initial evidence of both a gendered and ungendered lens through which pain relief can be viewed, which may influence how men andWomen use pain relief.

Pain Sensitivity: An Unnatural History from 1800 to 1965

  • J. Bourke
  • History
    The Journal of medical humanities
  • 2014
In this article, ideas about the distribution of bodily sensitivity in patients from the early nineteenth century to 1965 in Anglo-American societies are explored.

The Experiences of Persistent Pain Among Women With a History of Intimate Partner Violence: A Systematic Review

It is demonstrated that a history of IPV places an additional burden on women who experience persistent pain that cannot be explained by an underlying psychological condition, and health care practitioners should be aware of this phenomena and ensure diagnosis, assessment, and treatment plans are targeted accordingly.

“Brave Men” and “Emotional Women”: A Theory-Guided Literature Review on Gender Bias in Health Care and Gendered Norms towards Patients with Chronic Pain

awareness about gendered norms is important, both in research and clinical practice, in order to counteract gender bias in health care and to support health-care professionals in providing more equitable care that is more capable to meet the need of all patients, men and women.

Sex differences in pain intensity in adolescents suffering from cancer: differences in pain memories?




Gender differences in pain.

  • A. Vallerand
  • Medicine, Psychology
    Image--the journal of nursing scholarship
  • 1995
The literature addressing pain in women is reviewed and how clinical practice is affected is suggested, including beliefs about gender differences and pain affect nurses' decisions made regarding the treatment of pain.

Deciphering chronic pain

The aim of this paper is to examine how physicians specialising in pain medicine work at deciphering, and how the characteristics of this work involve physicians in specific systems of relations with patients.

Does gender affect appraisal of pain and pain coping strategies?

Interference of pain has a greater impact on threat appraisal of pain for women than for men, and increasing threat appraisal is associated with health care utilization for women, but women's more frequent use of several coping strategies is unrelated to their appraisal ofPain.

Sex differences in pain.

  • K. Berkley
  • Psychology, Biology
    The Behavioral and brain sciences
  • 1997
While inductive analysis of existing data demonstrate more similarities than differences in pain experience between females and males, deductive analysis suggests important operational sex differences in its production.

The influence of gender on the frequency of pain and sedative medication administered to postoperative patients

This study examines whether the frequency of pain and sedative medication administered to postoperative coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) patients differs according to patient gender, and reveals that male patients were administered pain medication significantly more frequently than female patients, and that female patients wereadministered sedatives significantly more often than male patients.

Pain control: Barriers to the use of available information

The extent of the cancer pain problem and the WHO analgesic‐ladder approach to cancer pain relief are reviewed along with recommendations from the American Pain Society.

Women and pain.

  • C. Miaskowski
  • Medicine, Psychology
    Critical care nursing clinics of North America
  • 1997