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Assessing patients with pain symptoms in primary care 

Assessing patients with pain symptoms in primary care
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Assessing patients with pain symptoms in primary care
Author(s):

Max Watson

, Karen O’Reilly

, and Chantal Simon

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199215720.003.0001
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date: 14 October 2019

What is pain? 2

Assessment of pain 6

Pain is a common symptom. We face it day after day in our work in all its different guises – from sore knees, broken bones, period pains through chronic back pain to pain from bony metastases.

Although we can’t expect to have experienced all our patients’symptoms, most of us can identify at least 2–3 types of pain, and so understand that pain can mean different things at different times to different people....

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