FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE THE PERCEPTION OF PAIN
The perception of pain is influenced by different factors that can have an impact on the extent to which the individual patient is affected. The following table shows some examples of influencing factors:1
|Culture||Language/words, religious attitude towards pain, social appraisal of stoicism, accepted attitude (of patient) to pain.|
|Demographics||Gender, age, lifestyle, bodyweight|
|Psychosocial||Gender of observer(s), status and environment, personality, mood, sleep pattern, mental illness.|
|Clinical||Patient’s knowledge of diagnosis, disease, treatment outcome, type of operative procedure, degree of trauma.|
1 Belfer I. Scientifica. 2013; Article ID 415279: 19 pages.