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Title: Why are women with fibromyalgia so stigmatized?
Authors: Quintner, J
ANZCA/FPM Author: Quintner, J
Keywords: Gender
Pain management
Fibromyalgia
Medically unexplained pain
Issue Date: May-2020
Citation: 21(5):882-888.
Abstract: Introduction: Many female pain sufferers with medically unexplained pain are at risk of being stigmatized in our Western society. Fibromyalgia is offered as the exemplar condition Aim: To understand why these women are being stigmatized. Methods: A review of the recent literature was conducted with a focus on the perceptions of women with a diagnosis of fibromyalgia who have been stigmatized. Results: Three intertwined themes emerged as contributing to their stigmatization: moralizing attitudes, disbelief as to the reality of pain, and pain's invisibility. Conclusion: Given how embedded the factors responsible for the stigmatization of women with fibromyalgia in Western society are, the realistic prospects for addressing this issue are poor.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11055/1021
DOI: 10.1093/pm/pnz350
PubMed URL: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31986200/
ISSN: 1526-2375
Journal Title: Pain Medicine
Type: Journal Article
Study/Trial: Editorial
Appears in Collections:Scholarly and Clinical

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