Asian indians living in North America with chronic pain
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This study expands upon research on the help-seeking behaviors of ethnic minorities, specifically Asian Indians living with low to moderate chronic pain in the United States and Canada. We examined the effect of acculturation, loss of face, and pain characteristics (e.g. pain severity and pain interference) on the attitudes toward seeking health services and the actual utilization of pain management services. Participants included 94 Asian Indians living in the United States or Canada who experience low to moderate chronic pain. Results showed that acculturation is significantly related to attitudes toward seeking health services and loss of face is not associated with either attitudes toward or utilization of pain management services. Pain characteristics (e.g. pain severity and pain interference) were not significantly associated with attitudes toward seeking health care services, but were significantly related to utilization of services. These findings demonstrated that Asian Indians experience unique cultural challenges related to accessing health services for their chronic pain, but that pain characteristics are the most important variable in actual utilization of pain management services.