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Pain and Racism in Medicine and Health CareHistorical Foundations of Racism in Medicine

Learning Objectives
1. Identify the historical origin of racial beliefs about pain and Black people
2. Determine how unconscious (implicit) bias can impair clinical care in a case study of how a Black patient experiences treatment for pain
3. Develop strategies to avoid stereotyping the pain of Black patients in your care
0.25 Credit CME

What is the relationship between the history of medical and scientific racism and contemporary pain treatment for communities of color? This module explores the history of racist beliefs about pain tolerance in people of color, but specifically focuses on perceptions of Black people's pain and the education and training of health care professionals across history and contemporary periods. Current concerns about the opioid epidemic and precautions around prescribing opioids may exacerbate inadequate treatment of this population.

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Activity Information

Credit Designation Statement: The American Medical Association designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME Disclosure Statement: Unless noted, all individuals in control of content reported no relevant financial relationships.

If applicable, all relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to:

0.25 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program;

0.25 Self-Assessment points in the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery’s (ABOHNS) Continuing Certification program;

0.25 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program; and

0.25 Lifelong Learning points in the American Board of Pathology’s (ABPath) Continuing Certification program;

It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting MOC credit.

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