On Knowing Another's Pain: Reactions of Health Care Professionals and Others

1 Hour | taught by Ken Craig, PhD

Course description

Caring for people experiencing pain  requires a realistic understanding of their distress. While another  person’s pain can be obvious and distressing, there is considerable  evidence that pain often is not recognized or is poorly assessed and  underestimated. 

Systematic biases and barriers to effective  communication will be described in: a) people who are suffering, b)  those in a position to deliver care and c) the social environments in  which pain is suffered. Advantages and limitations of various sources of information, e.g, self-report, nonverbal expression, medical evidence,  will be examined and recommendations made concerning achievement of  greater empathy. 

This webinar will help you: 

  • To conceptualize delivery of care to people in pain as a social process. 
  • To understand explicit and implicit biases that limit our ability to understand the painful experiences of others. 
  • To evaluate the quality of different sources of information typically used in pain assessment 
Ken  Craig, PhD
Ken Craig, PhD
Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia

Ken Craig has had a longstanding career  as a clinical psychologist and research investigator working towards  better understanding and control of pain. He is Professor Emeritus in  the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia and  Editor-in-Chief of Pain Research & Management. His current research  is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the US  National Institutes of Health. His research focuses upon pain  assessment, nonverbal communication, social parameters of care delivery  and pain in infants and children and people with communication  limitations. This is published in better than 200 articles in scholarly  journals and volumes and books. He has served as President of the  Canadian Pain Society and the Canadian Psychological Association.  


This program is pre-approved by VRA Canada for a 1 hour training session

Course Curriculum

On Knowing Another's Pain: Reactions of Health Care Professionals and Others