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Measuring Pain: An Overview of Assessment Tools 

Measuring Pain: An Overview of Assessment Tools
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Measuring Pain: An Overview of Assessment Tools
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Daniel Duhigg

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10.1093/med/9780199315246.003.0012
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date: 26 June 2019

A medical history, physical examination, judicious testing and the use of subspecialty consultation are expected to direct treatment, regardless of whether complementary or traditional medical approaches are considered. The assessment of psychiatric comorbidities requires the same elevated standard of care. Chronic pain management is often considered to fall within the scope of complimentary practice, a disease state replete with psychosocial factors that require such ongoing assessment. This chapter provides an overview of psychosocial assessment, the need for which is great in complementary medicine, as many conditions commonly addressed have psychosocial concomitants.

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