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Pain: introduction 

Pain: introduction
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Pain: introduction
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Richard D.W. Hain

and Satbir Singh Jassal

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198745457.003.0004
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date: 05 June 2020

Pain is a subjective and multidimensional phenomenon. Diagnosis, assessment, and evaluation of pain are all complicated in children by the range of diagnoses and developmental levels, and by cultural influences. This chapter summarizes definitions and classifications of pain, including total pain. It looks at ways that children express pain, and measurement of pain severity. Pharmacological treatment of pain is considered, alongside the World Health Organization pain guidelines, which are considered to be the basis of managing pain in palliative care.

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