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Patient perspectives

S. José Closs

in Neuropathic Pain

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199563678
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607426 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199563678.003.0019

Series: Oxford Pain Management Library

Patient perspectives

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• The impact of neuropathic pain on quality of life has been under-researched and poorly understood though survey and focus group research is helping to gain better insights into what patients suffer • Neuropathic pain can result in significant sleep disturbance, fatigue, and low mood (that sometimes leads to suicidal ideation), and side-effects from drug treatment are common • Patients with neuropathic pain report strained relationships with spouses and friends, and reduced ability to work and carry out social roles • Within the wider society, patients with neuropathic pain want to have their pain reports believed, want more information and want better support from health care professionals, family and friends • Quality of life for patients with neuropathic pain is likely to improve when existing and newer drugs form part of a multifaceted approach to care, rather than when used in isolation.

Chapter.  2687 words. 

Subjects: Anaesthetics ; Pain Medicine

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