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Living with DyingA Guide to Palliative Care$
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Cicely Saunders, Mary Baines, and Robert Dunlop

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780192625144

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192625144.001.0001

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Terminal pain

Terminal pain

Chapter:
(p.11) 2 Terminal pain
Source:
Living with Dying
Author(s):

CICELY SAUNDERS

MARY BAINES

ROBERT DUNLOP

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192625144.003.0002

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.

Keywords:   pain management, terminal pain, terminally ill, analgesics, clinical assessment

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