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Other components of total 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/9780192625144.003.0006
Other components of total pain

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This chapter discusses the components of total pain in terminal care. These are mental pain, social pain, spiritual pain, and staff pain. It is important to explore these problems in order for palliative care staff to better understand the suffering of each patient and to help both the patients and their families. Terminal care staff must not be trapped into thinking that pain only demands the immediate use of appropriate drugs.

Keywords: total pain; terminal care; mental pain; social pain; spiritual pain; staff pain; palliative care

Chapter.  4813 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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