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Control of complex pain at the end of life in hospice or community setting 

Control of complex pain at the end of life in hospice or community setting
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Control of complex pain at the end of life in hospice or community setting
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Umesh K. Gidwani

and Stephen Berns

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199661626.003.0023
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date: 10 December 2019

Pain is very prevalent and common in the cancer population. It has the potential not only to cause physical distress but also affect the patient’s functional status, psychological and emotional state, and social life, particularly when it is severe. Studies of patients in their last week of life reveal that up to 35% describe pain as severe or intolerable. Fortunately, pain is quite treatable and when following the World Health Organization’s framework on pain relief, up to 90% of individuals with cancer are effectively treated. This chapter covers various aspects of pain control at the end of life especially in the hospice or community setting.

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