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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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Other components of total pain

Other components of total pain

(p.45) 6 Other components of total pain
Living with Dying




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This chapter discusses the components of total pain in terminal care. These are mental pain, social pain, spiritual pain, and staff pain. It is important to explore these problems in order for palliative care staff to better understand the suffering of each patient and to help both the patients and their families. Terminal care staff must not be trapped into thinking that pain only demands the immediate use of appropriate drugs.

Keywords:   total pain, terminal care, mental pain, social pain, spiritual pain, staff pain, palliative care

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