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Assessment

Andrew Davies

in Cancer-related Breakthrough Pain

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199656974
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740909 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199656974.003.0003

Series: Oxford Pain Management Library

Assessment

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• Successful management of breakthrough pain depends on adequate assessment • Following assessment, appropriate treatment and adequate reassessment are also important • Inadequate assessment may lead to ineffective or even inappropriate treatment • The objectives of assessment are to determine pain aetiology and pathophysiology, and factors that indicate or contraindicate particular treatments • Assessment of breakthrough pain is essentially the same as the assessment of background pain • Inadequate reassessment may lead to the continuance of ineffective or inappropriate treatment.

Chapter.  2321 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Oncology ; Pain Medicine

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