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Pain management 

Pain management
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Pain management
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10.1093/med/9780198569244.003.0047
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date: 24 May 2019

Introduction 568

Pain assessment 570

Principles of analgesic use 574

Classifications of pain 576

Use of opioid drugs 578

Use of syringe drivers in pain control 580

Non-pharmacological interventions for pain management 582

Pain is not an inevitable symptom of advanced cancer; however it is a common symptom when caring for people with advanced disease. Pain is defined by The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) as: ‘an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage’. In other well-known definitions, pain is described as being ‘whatever the experiencing person says it is, existing whenever he [she] says it does’...

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