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

 

Influences Examples
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.

 

References

1 Belfer I. Scientifica. 2013; Article ID 415279: 19 pages.