Stigmatization of patients with chronic pain: The extinction of empathy

Cohen, Milton, Quintner, John, Buchanan, David, Nielsen, Mandy and Guy, Lynette (2011) Stigmatization of patients with chronic pain: The extinction of empathy. Pain Medicine, 12 11: 1637-1643. doi:10.1111/j.1526-4637.2011.01264.x

Author Cohen, Milton
Quintner, John
Buchanan, David
Nielsen, Mandy
Guy, Lynette
Title Stigmatization of patients with chronic pain: The extinction of empathy
Journal name Pain Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1526-2375
Publication date 2011-11-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1526-4637.2011.01264.x
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 12
Issue 11
Start page 1637
End page 1643
Total pages 7
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective.  To address how health professionals may inadvertently contribute to the stigmatization of patients with chronic pain.

Setting.  Formulation and implementation of the Australian National Pain Strategy.

Design.  Review of current concepts of stereotyping and stigma, consideration of their relationship to empathy, and how they might impinge upon the clinical encounter.

Findings.  The extinction of empathy, which we refer to as “negative empathy,” can overwhelm health professionals, allowing the entry of negative community stereotypes of chronic pain sufferers and add to their stigmatization. Prevailing dualistic frames of reference encourage this process.

Conclusion.  Greater awareness by health professionals of their own potential, often inadvertent, contribution to the stigmatization of their patients with chronic pain may serve as a basis for an expanded model of clinical engagement.
Keyword Chronic pain
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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