UBC Sociology’s Distinguished Speaker Series hosts Dr. Anna Zajacova (Western) for the Kaspar Naegele Honorary Lecture. Dr. Zajacova will present a lecture titled, “Sociodemographic Perspective, Findings, and Paradoxes in Chronic Pain and Pain Treatments.”
Chronic pain and its treatment are topics highly relevant to policymakers, clinicians, and lay individuals alike. However, sociologists and demographers have contributed relatively little to the scholarship on chronic pain, especially in recent decades. I will present basic facts as well as new, sometimes paradoxical, findings about chronic pain and pain treatments, focusing on the US and Canada. I will argue that chronic pain should play a central role in the sociodemographic study of health and health care and policy because it is a sensitive measure of population health, and reflects social conditions, sociopolitical context, and beliefs and prejudices of society. Chronic pain, its social roots, and social consequences are thus important frontiers for sociological and demographic research.
About Dr. Anna Zajacova
Anna Zajacova is a demographer who researches issues in population health, health inequalities, and social determinants of health over the adult life course. In particular, she aims to understand how educational experiences and attainment influence later-life health and longevity among adults and the elderly. She has published on topics of marital happiness, health, and longevity, educational disparities and adult health, disability trends, and pain.