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Recognizing the importance of HIV disease and pain 

Recognizing the importance of HIV disease and pain
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Recognizing the importance of HIV disease and pain
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Peter Kamerman

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10.1093/med/9780198834359.003.0056
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date: 16 October 2021

The landmark paper discussed in this chapter is ‘Underestimation and undertreatment of pain in HIV disease: Multicentre study’, published by Larue in 1997. This study provided the first national assessment of pain intensity, prevalence, type, treatment, and risk factors influencing treatment in HIV-infected individuals across a wide range of disease stages. The authors showed that pain was common, was often of clinically significant intensity, got more common and severe with worsening disease stage, produced significant decreases in quality of life, and frequently was undertreated. Importantly, the study highlighted the underestimation of patient pain by doctors, which contributed to the undertreatment of pain.

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