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2020 Sep 24

Can J Pain



The lived experiences of chronic pain among immigrant Indian-Canadian women: A phenomenological analysis.


Mustafa N, Einstein G, MacNeill M, Watt-Watson J
Can J Pain. 2020 Sep 24; 4(3):40-50.
PMID: 33987510.


: Chronic pain is a growing public health concern affecting 1.5 million people in Canada. In particular, it is a concern among the expanding immigrant population, because immigrant groups report higher pain intensity than non-immigrants. In 2011, the Indian population became the largest visible minority group and continues to be the fastest growing. Though the prevalence of chronic pain among Canadian Indians is unknown, research has found a higher prevalence among Indian women than men in India, Malaysia, Singapore, and the United Kingdom, with women reporting more severe pain. An understanding of how pain is experienced by this particular group is therefore important for providing culturally sensitive care.