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Assessing people with long-standing pain

Andrew Souter

in Long-term pain

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199214150
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729911 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199214150.003.0005
Assessing people with long-standing pain

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Assessing patients properly is a crucial first step in medicine. Faced with someone who has had long-term pain, the first response is to do anything to avoid being pulled into a long and difficult conversation. Often these patients will already be very familiar and perhaps it is felt that nothing new will emerge, or no progress will be made. However, a simple assessment in the form of history and examination will point the way to appropriate management. Firstly there are treatments that can be provided in primary care; and secondly, because of waiting lists in all parts of the health service, the best referral is one that goes to the right specialist who has the necessary information on first seeing the patient.

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Subjects: Anaesthetics ; Pain Medicine

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