Compared to other ethnicities, South Asians living in the
United States are more hesitant to resort to pain relief medication reports a
Researchers at the University of Missouri said that the
finding provides an opportunity for health care professionals to deliver better
culturally responsive care to South Asian patients and their families.
Researcher Karla Washington said that in future years,
health care workers in the United States would provide care to an increasingly
diverse group of patients which will include growing numbers of South Asians.
Washington added that understanding the cultural
differences in medical practice in South Asia such as their low use of pain
medication is important to understand.
Washington and her colleague Nidhi Khosla conducted focus
groups and individual interviews with health care professionals who had
experience providing care to seriously ill South Asian patients and their
Health care providers reported that South Asian patients
have minimalistic attitudes toward medication in general. Further, South Asians
may have prior experiences having limited access to pain medication overseas.
Washington says many South Asian patients and families in
this country spent a considerable amount of time living in South Asia, and
their experiences with medicines their influence their attitudes about medicine.