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Healthcare staff have difficulty distinguishing pain from disgust, study finds

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7371.989/c (Published 02 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:989
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Most healthcare professionals can recognise pain in the face of a patient. But although 59% of doctors and nurses were able to correctly identify the facial signs of pain, other emotions scored more highly.

    Sadness was the most recognised emotion, with a 92% hit rate. Surprise, with 81% came next, then embarrassment (79%), anger (73%), disgust (67%), and fear (61%).

    “Overall, the results supported the hypothesis of a distinct and …

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