Compared to other ethnicities, South Asians living in the United States are more hesitant to resort to pain relief medication reports a new research.
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.
AdvertisementResearcher 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 families.
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.