Perceived Need for Local Anesthesia

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24 Mar 2010

Perceived Need for Local Anesthesia

Even though pain has elements of both physiological response and psychosocial conditioning, only a few studies have tried to reveal how pain attains meaning or emotional significance from the nature of the social or cultural context from within which it is experienced. Even fewer studies have specifically investigated tooth-drilling pain and the use of local anesthesia in a cultural context; and these were our own pilot studies. Research to explain the varying degrees of pain beliefs or expectations of pain requires sensitivity to the semantics about particular pain phenomena within the context of the pain or treatment. The use of questionnaire surveys requires that researchers have a priori knowledge of the variables that need to be explored and the questions that need to be asked, which can often induce bias especially in cross-cultural research. Thus, an improved strategy would be to first systematically discover and understand the semantics of the pain phenomena within a cultural context using qualitative research methods and then to validate the variables of interest to estimate the reliability of findings using questionnaire methods. The aim of this first of two related studies was to establish and describe ethnic differences or similarities and their importance to the perceived need for local anesthesia for tooth drilling among adults using semistructured interviews. Quantitative validation of specific interview data findings among other results are presented in the following article. discount drugs canda


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