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Current good practice in pain medicine 

Current good practice in pain medicine
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Current good practice in pain medicine
Author(s):

Cathy Stannard

, Michael Coupe

, and Anthony Pickering

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199678075.003.0006
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date: 21 October 2019

Pain is a complex sensory and emotional experience upon which there are numerous influences. Pain is related to dysfunction physically, socially, emotionally, and vocationally. Techniques for the management of acute pain have poor applicability to the management of persisting symptoms. Assessment of pain should include evaluation of patients’ beliefs about their symptoms, and an exploration of the impact of symptoms on the patient’s life. Trust between patient and therapist underpins successful pain management.

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