Health professionals' pain management decisions are influenced by their role (nurse or physician) and by patient gender, age, and ethnicity
- 1Division of Health Care Policy and Research, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA;
- 2Minneapolis VA Health Care System Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research and University of Minnesota, Department of Medicine, Minnesota, USA
- Correspondence to: Dr Sean M Phelan, Division of Health Care Policy and Research, Mayo Clinic, 200 1st St. SE, Rochester, MN 55905, USA;
Implications for practice and research
Healthcare providers from different fields may respond differently to patients with pain. On average, nurses rated pain intensity higher than physicians and were more likely to prescribe opioids.
Patient demographic characteristics may influence nurses' and physicians’ perceptions of pain intensity and decisions to treat pain with opioid analgesics.
This study must be replicated with a more robust study design before findings can be translated into recommendations for intervention.
A growing body of evidence documents the existence of pain management and treatment disparities by sex, race and age. For instance, racial and …