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Terminal pain

CICELY SAUNDERS, MARY BAINES and ROBERT DUNLOP

in Living with Dying

Third edition

Published in print April 1995 | ISBN: 9780192625144
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730009 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192625144.003.0002
Terminal pain

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This chapter examines pain management problems in terminally ill patients. Terminal pain is frequently treated ineptly and the public myth that death from cancer involves unremitting distress is perpetuated. There are many reasons why terminal pain has been so poorly controlled. These include misconceptions concerning the use of analgesics, medical reluctance, and inadequate finance. The chapter discusses the nature of terminal pain, the prevalence of different types of pain, and the clinical assessment of pain.

Keywords: pain management; terminal pain; terminally ill; analgesics; clinical assessment

Chapter.  1365 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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