Ethical & Sociocultural Aspects of Pain: Offered Online this Summer

Pain is a ubiquitous experience transcending space and time. How individuals experience pain, express pain, and respond to pain and treatments varies across these dimensions. Pain is also a group phenomenon. This course will present theory and research concerning factors (cultural, social, psychological, political, ethical and economic) related to pain assessment, treatment, receptivity to treatment and treatment outcomes. An epidemiologic overview of pain, as well as clinical, societal and institutional policies to alleviate it, are addressed. The patient/clinician relationship and the many factors that influence it are emphasized.

Dates & Location

The course will take place between May 31—June 26, 2013. Individual onsite class sessions will take place on Friday, May 31 from 6:00-9:00pm, Saturday, June 1 from 9:00am-6:00pm and Sunday, June 2 from 9:00am-3:00pm ET. On-line lecture sessions follow for remainder of course on dates below:

Online sessions – Synchronous Videoconferencing

  • Wednesday, June 5 from 7:00pm-9:00pm
  • Wednesday, June 12 from 7:00pm-9:00pm
  • Monday, June 17 from 7:00pm-9:00pm
  • Monday June 24 from 7:00pm-9:00pm
  • Wednesday, June 26 7:00pm-9:00pm

plus 6 hours Asynchronous group work time

Contact the course director, Pam Ressler at, with any questions.

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