The Woman Who Cried Pain: Do Sex-Based Disparities Still Exist in the Experience and Treatment of Pain?

50 Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 519 - 541 (2022), DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/jme.2022.91

U of Maryland Legal Studies Research Paper No. 20-01

37 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2023

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Diane E. Hoffmann

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Roger B. Fillingim

University of Florida

Christin Veasley

Chronic Pain Research Alliance

Date Written: February 17, 2023

Abstract

Over twenty years have passed since JLME published “The Girl Who Cried Pain: A Bias Against Women in the Treatment of Pain.” This article revisits the conclusions drawn in that piece and explores what we have learned in the last two decades regarding the experience of men and women who have chronic pain and whether women continue to be treated less aggressively for their pain than men.

Keywords: chronic pain, SABV, sex as biological variable, sex differences, central sensitization, nociplastic pain, chronic overlapping pain conditions, medical ethics, discrimination

Suggested Citation

Hoffmann, Diane E. and Fillingim, Roger B. and Veasley, Christin, The Woman Who Cried Pain: Do Sex-Based Disparities Still Exist in the Experience and Treatment of Pain? (February 17, 2023). 50 Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 519 - 541 (2022), DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/jme.2022.91, U of Maryland Legal Studies Research Paper No. 20-01, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4362402

Diane E. Hoffmann (Contact Author)

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law ( email )

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Roger B. Fillingim

University of Florida ( email )

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Gainesville, FL 32610-0496
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Christin Veasley

Chronic Pain Research Alliance ( email )

P.O. Box 26770
Milwaukee, WI 53226
United States

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