Quyen Thi Pham
"I knew applying for the Scholars program would allow me to gain an in depth understanding of the research experimental process. Being able to create a small scale project and complete one on my own with the aid of my mentor and other faculty would give me a preview of what the field of research entails. Furthermore, applying to the Scholars program would allow me to appreciate research in all fields. From my experience, I hope to learn the relationship between medical mistrust and experimental pain response. Understanding this relationship will be significant as I strive to treat patients as a dentist."
Dental related subjects, biology and behavioral science; Reported medical mistrust mediating clinical and experimental pain response.
Academic and Other Awards
- UF Anderson's Scholars Award
- Dean's List
- Pre-Dental Society
- Heal the World
- UF College of Dentistry ASDA
Mentoring 6th graders with a science fair project Dental Hygiene Presentations with Alachua County Elementary Schools ACORN Clinic We Care Clinic.
Hobbies and Interests
- Traveling, dentistry, science, learning, fashion, running, and rollerblading.
Medical Mistrust Mediating Different Pain Responses in African American and Non-Hispanic White
Many investigations have evaluated different factors that relate to pain, such as psychological, biological, and genetic factors. Additionally, many investigations have revealed ethnic differences in clinical and experimental pain responses. However, the underlying factors influencing ethnic differences in pain have not been fully explained. One potential variable of interest is medical mistrust. African Americans have reported higher levels of medical mistrust, but no studies have evaluated whether medical mistrust reported among ethnic groups contributes to different levels of pain. The objective of this project is to determine whether medical mistrust mediates different clinical pain response in African American and non-Hispanic white with knee osteoarthritis. In addition, ethnic group differences in clinical pain, experimental pain sensitivity, and medical mistrust will be investigated. Furthermore, determination of whether medical mistrust is correlated with clinical and experimental responses will be examined. Analysis will be conducted to determine whether medical mistrust may mediate ethnic group differences in clinical and experimental pain. The hypothesis is that medical mistrust will at least partially mediate ethnic group differences in pain responses. Given the current rate of enrollment in the UPLOAD (UPLOAD: Understanding Pain and Limitations in Osteoarthritic Disease) study directed by Dr. Fillingim, approximately 150 patient’s data will be analyzed. These findings may help explain the contribution of mistrust to ethnic differences in OA-related pain, but the importance of these findings may extend to other settings, including in the field of dentistry. As pain is often associated with dental care, understanding the relationship between medical mistrust and pain sensitivity will allow medical providers to understand the importance of creating a trusting and comforting clinical environment that will minimize pain response and optimize dental care outcomes.