15 Jun 2018

Help with chronic pain not often sought by NZ Pasifika

From , 5:03 am on 15 June 2018

New research has shown many Pasifika people in New Zealand do not seek hospital help to cope with chronic pain.

Chronic pain is defined as any pain that lasts for more than three months and treatment can help people not only physically, but socially, psychologically and spiritually.

Research undertaken by Auckland's University of Technology's School of Clinical Services looked at which ethnicities most often use hospital pain clinic services.

Associate Professor Gwyn Lewis told Don Wiseman they uncovered significant disparaties among Europeans, Maori, Asians and Pasifika.

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