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Management of Chronic Pain in the Palliative Care Unit 

Management of Chronic Pain in the Palliative Care Unit
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Management of Chronic Pain in the Palliative Care Unit
Author(s):

Jennifer Drost

, Danielle Ingram

, and Melissa Soltis

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199349302.003.0013
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date: 23 August 2019

Palliative care is focused on providing patients with severe illnesses and their families with relief from the symptoms of illness, including but not limited to pain. Palliative care teams assess and treat patients in a variety of settings, from nursing homes to acute care hospitals. Identifying patients in the hospital setting who might benefit from a palliative care consult is challenging. Patients with metastatic or recurrent cancer first come to mind for consult. However, patients with advanced-stage lung, heart, or renal disease, stroke or other illness with poor prognosis, functional decline, or uncontrolled pain and symptoms may be appropriate for palliative care consultation or admittance to the palliative care unit. The palliative care interdisciplinary team addresses chronic pain in the hospital setting and includes social workers, chaplains, mental health specialists, and massage therapists, among others.

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