This chapter examines pain management problems in terminally ill patients. Terminal pain is frequently treated ineptly and the public myth that death from cancer involves unremitting distress is perpetuated. There are many reasons why terminal pain has been so poorly controlled. These include misconceptions concerning the use of analgesics, medical reluctance, and inadequate finance. The chapter discusses the nature of terminal pain, the prevalence of different types of pain, and the clinical assessment of pain.
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