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Palliat Support Care. 2005 Mar;3(1):43-9.

Challenging the representations of cancer pain: experiences of a multidisciplinary pain management group in a palliative care unit.

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Arthur Rank Hospice, Cambridge, UK. ecc22@cam.ac.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This article describes how a Multidisciplinary Pain Management Group was set up in a palliative care unit, and outlines the ways that the group works with different patients. We place these comments in the context of the wider representations of pain.

METHODS:

Our observations of patients seen by the multidisciplinary team.

RESULTS:

We tentatively propose that where the patient's pain has certain characteristics it may require a different approach. Patients who are older, with a lengthy treatment history, may require a different input than younger patients, who may have a number of factors that further complicate their experience of pain. We use our extensive experience with mesothelioma patients to draw a further important distinction between this patient group and other patients.

SIGNIFICANCE OF RESEARCH:

Our observations suggest the need to allow sufficient time for intensive psychological work to be done with mesothelioma patients in order for pharmacological interventions to be effective.

PMID:
16594194
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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