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The Social Consequences of Pain

Monday June 19, 2017, 4:00 pm PST, 7:00 pm EST
Recorded in Monday June 19, 2017, 4:00 pm PST, 7:00 pm EST



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It is well recognized that interpersonal relationships play an important role in the management of chronic pain. Close others have a profound effect on the physical functioning and psychological distress, and protect against the development of depression in response to chronic pain. At the same time, a large chronic pain appears to undermine people’s ability to form and maintain social relationships, including friendships, spousal partnerships, parent-child attachments, and work relationships. This webinar aims to highlight the social ramifications of chronic pain, provide insight factors that contribute to relationship decline in the face of chronic pain, and raise awareness of practical steps that clinicians can take to manage the social consequences of chronic pain.

Learning Outcomes
  • You will learn about the impact of chronic pain on peer, spousal, work, and parent-child relationship functioning
  • You will gain insight into the implicit stigmatization of persons experiencing and expressing pain
  • You will develop an awareness of how chronic pain influences interpersonal functioning, or a person’s ability to interact with others successfully
  • You will be learn about barriers to communicating with patients about the social consequences of their pain, and how to overcome these barriers
  • You will come to understand the importance of considering social functioning as a key goal of treatment for chronic pain

Dr. Claire Ashton-James

Senior Lecturer

The University of Sydney’s Pain Management Research Institute (PMRI)

Dr. Claire Ashton-James is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Sydney’s Pain Management Research Institute (PMRI). Dr. Ashton-James completed her PhD in Social Psychology (2009), and obtained international research and teaching experience as an assistant professor at Duke University (USA), the University of British Columbia (Canada), the VU University Amsterdam, VU Medical Centre Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and University College London (UK). Drawing upon her broad expertise in social psychology, Dr. Ashton-James’ research reveals the impact of a person’s experience and expression of pain on their interpersonal functioning and relationship outcomes.

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