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"I Had a Lot More Faith in Doctors Back Then:" An Analysis of Chronic Pain Content in Ontario Medical Curricula

"I Had a Lot More Faith in Doctors Back Then:" An Analysis of Chronic Pain Content in Ontario Medical Curricula

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Title: "I Had a Lot More Faith in Doctors Back Then:" An Analysis of Chronic Pain Content in Ontario Medical Curricula
Author: Comer, Leigha April
Abstract: This study is an assessment of pain content in three undergraduate medical curricula in Ontario. While chronic pain is a notoriously common condition affecting one in five Canadians, persistent pain remains undertreated and poorly understood. Physicians failure to adequately manage patients pain has been attributed, in part, to the lack of pain content in medical curricula. It is well-documented, for instance, that medical students receive very few hours of pain education, particularly in comparison to other health professions. While some work has been done to quantify the total amount of pain instruction medical students receive, the content itself has received little attention. There is also a paucity of information regarding what medical students learn about the pain theories, assumptions, beliefs, and medical models framing this content. This study examines the medical curricula at three undergraduate medical schools in Ontario in order to assess what, and how, students learn about pain.
Subject: Curriculum development
Keywords: Chronic pain
Medical education
Medical curriculum
Pain content
Pain beliefs
Biopsychosocial
Ontario
Type: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
Rights: Author owns copyright, except where explicitly noted. Please contact the author directly with licensing requests.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/33423
Supervisor: Armstrong, Pat
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Program: Sociology
Exam date: 2016-10-17
Publish on: 2017-07-27

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