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The management of chronic pain in palliative non-cancer patients

Eduardo Bruera and Catherine M. Neumann

in Palliative Care for Non-cancer Patients

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780192629609
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730054 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192629609.003.0007
The management of chronic pain in palliative non-cancer patients

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Pain is a frequent and devastating complication in palliative care patients with diseases other than cancer. Unfortunately, current knowledge about the frequency, pathophysiology, and clinical course of these pain syndromes is limited as compared to pain syndromes in cancer patients. There is evidence that pain in palliative non-cancer patients is frequently underdiagnosed and under-treated. This chapter suggests some guidelines for the assessment and management of non-cancer pain, and reviews the characteristics and patterns of care of some of the more common pain syndromes in palliative care patients with diseases other than cancer. Some possible future research areas are also discussed.

Keywords: pain management; patient care; pain syndromes; non-cancer patients

Chapter.  7546 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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