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Papers: 7 Oct 2023 - 13 Oct 2023


Health Psychol Behav Med




A progressive agenda toward equity in pain care.


Baker TA, Booker SQ, Janevic MR


There are inconsistencies documenting the pain experience of Black adults and other racially minoritized populations. Often disregarded, pain among these groups is characterized by misconceptions, biases, and discriminatory practices, which may lead to inequitable pain care. To address this issue, this professional commentary provides an overview of pain reform and the need to declare chronic pain as a critical public health issue, while requiring that equity be a key focus in providing comprehensive pain screening and standardizing epidemiological surveillance to understand the prevalence and incidence of pain. This roadmap is a call to action for all sectors of research, practice, policy, education, and advocacy. More importantly, this progressive agenda is timely for all race and other marginalized groups and reminds us that adequate treatment of pain is an obligation that cannot be the responsibility of one person, community, or institution, but rather a collective responsibility of those willing to service the needs of all individuals.