Pain and Intercultural Communication

  • James Hallenbeck


This chapter examines communication about chronic pain through the lens of intercultural communication. Intercultural communication as an anthropologic field offers a perspective that may heighten awareness of common pitfalls in communicating with people with pain. Also discussed are common relational subtexts in communication around pain, such as trust, power dynamics, legitimacy, and specialness. General strategies for dealing with these subtexts are presented in keeping with principles of intercultural communication.


Chronic Pain Pain Management Acute Pain Therapeutic Relationship Clinical Encounter 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James Hallenbeck
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of General Medical Disciplines, Department of MedicineStanford University School of MedicineStanfordUSA
  2. 2.VA Palo Alto Health Care ServicesPalo AltoUSA

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