This session will explore ‘pain’, how it is perceived and what the literature suggests about individual differences in ways people respond to pain. Research about pain and the factors that influence pain are discussed and suggestions offered to help operators anticipate and deal with patients’ responses to discomfort.
1. Factors that influence individual differences in pain perception and response.
2. Factors that influence an individual‘s pain perception and response.
3. Strategies to manage patients’ pain responses
Dr Merrilyn Hooley
Dr Merrilyn Hooley is developmental psychologist in the School of Psychology at Deakin University and formerly
a dental therapist in the public dental system in Victoria. While working as a dental therapist, Merrilyn became
interested in patients’ ...