Pain management in palliative care: art or science


      Pain management in palliative care is both an art and a science. Essential to good pain control is an understanding not only of the pathophysiology of the origin of the pain, but also the impact that the pain is having, as the palliative patient may have to live with the symptoms of disease for months or even years. Interventions can then be targeted and at various times, may include a range of pharmacological treatments, psychological or spiritual support and possibly the involvement of other specialties to alleviate a particular problem.


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