Racism as a Source of Pain
Journal of General Internal Medicine
The epidemic of chronic pain, affecting approximately20% of Americans and estimated to cost $600 billion per year, exacts a tremendous personal, economic, and societal toll. Though various social groups experience heightened rates of trauma, discrimination, and pain, here we focus onBlack Americans, given their unique history of anti-Black racism in the United States (US) context. We propose that racism is an overlooked but preventable source of, or exacerbating factor for, chronic pain and its consequences, and we advance a framework offering innovative pathways for re-search, treatment, advocacy, and policy.
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Schubiner, Howard; Jackson, Benita; Molina, Kristine M.; Sturgeon, John A.; Sealy-Jefferson, Shawnita; Lumley, Mark A.; Jolly, Jallicia; and Trost, Zina, "Racism as a Source of Pain" (2023). Psychology: Faculty Publications, Smith College, Northampton, MA.