pain management

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Prolonged or chronic pain requires effective relief to permit patients to sleep, and the specialty of pain management has evolved to deal with this. Specialists in this field seek effective psychological measures as well as effective analgesics, and also aim to minimize the risk of addiction to strong analgesics and narcotics. It can be a difficult balancing act with decisions differing according to prognosis, for instance, more attention to total pain relief in terminally ill patients than in those with relatively short-term conditions for which powerful medications carry the risk of inducing addiction.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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