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Communication strategies and skills for optimum pain control 

Communication strategies and skills for optimum pain control

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Communication strategies and skills for optimum pain control
Author(s):

Melanie Lovell

and Frances Boyle

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198736134.003.0038
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date: 23 April 2017

Pain is a subjective experience and as such, communication regarding the experience is essential for the clinician to comprehensively assess and manage it. It is also the most feared complication of the most feared diagnosis. Effective communication creates an environment of trust, in which a patient is able to relate their experiences, in their entirety, including hopes and fears. This expression enables diagnosis of the aetiology, mechanism, and the myriad modulators of the pain by the clinician and is therapeutic in its own right as the patient makes meaning of the pain experience in the telling. The clinician is then able to explain the cause of the pain, the possible treatment strategies, and negotiate a management plan with the patient. There are many misconceptions associated with opioid analgesics and these can also be explored and corrected.

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