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Working across boundaries in pain medicine

Trudy Towell

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/9780199214150.003.0015
Working across boundaries in pain medicine

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This chapter explores some of the issues which patients, their carers, GPs, hospital doctors, nurses and pain teams experience particularly when confronted with a challenging case. The findings of a critical study that examined the communication patterns between GPs and nurses providing palliative care in Australia highlighted difficulties patients’ families face due to constant reassessments, the need to communicate information between different professionals and to update professionals on medication changes. The report identified that the patient often only received a few days’ discharge medications, requiring the need to contact the GP. The GPs were often unaware that their patient was home and collaborative networking time was very limited for all professionals. Two case studies highlight the need for unambiguous decision making concerning patient management and interdisciplinary relationships.

Chapter.  970 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Medicine ; Pain Medicine

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