Confronting Racism in Pain Research: A Call to Action. Academic Article uri icon


  • Racism is an established health determinant across the world. In this 3-part series, we argue that a disregard of how racism manifests in pain research practices perpetuates pain inequities and slows the progression of the field. Our goal in part-1 is to provide a historical and theoretical background of racism as a foundation for understanding how an antiracism pain research framework - which focuses on the impact of racism, rather than "race," on pain outcomes - can be incorporated across the continuum of pain research. We also describe cultural humility as a lifelong self-awareness process critical to ending generalizations and successfully applying antiracism research practices through the pain research continuum. In part-2 of the series, we describe research designs that perpetuate racism and provide reframes. Finally, in part-3, we emphasize the implications of an antiracism framework for research dissemination, community-engagement practices and diversity in research teams. Through this series, we invite the pain research community to share our commitment to the active process of antiracism, which involves both self-examination and re-evaluation of research practices shifting our collective work towards eliminating racialized injustices in our approach to pain research. PERSPECTIVE: We call on the pain community to dismantle racism in our research practices. As the first paper of the 3-part series, we introduce dimensions of racism and its effect on pain inequities. We also describe the imperative role of cultural humility in adopting antiracism pain research practices.

published proceedings

  • J Pain

altmetric score

  • 57.6

author list (cited authors)

  • Morais, C. A., Aroke, E. N., Letzen, J. E., Campbell, C. M., Hood, A. M., Janevic, M. R., ... Campbell, L. C.

citation count

  • 30

complete list of authors

  • Morais, Calia A||Aroke, Edwin N||Letzen, Janelle E||Campbell, Claudia M||Hood, Anna M||Janevic, Mary R||Mathur, Vani A||Merriwether, Ericka N||Goodin, Burel R||Booker, Staja Q||Campbell, Lisa C

publication date

  • June 2022