Category: End-of-Life Pain Management

End-of-Life Pain Management

End-of-Life Pain Management

INTRODUCTION: Pain at the end of life continues to be of great concern as it may be often unrecognized and/or untreated. While it is ethical to reduce suffering at the end of life, barriers remain about appropriate and adequate pain management at the end of life. Even before end of life, nearly half of patientsmore>>

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What is “Total Pain”?

What is “Total Pain”?

 (Excerpt from Pain Management in End-of-Life Care, Leleszi JP,DO; Lewandowski JG, MD; J Am Osteopath AssocMarch 1, 2005 vol. 105 no. 3 suppl 6S-11S Total pain is the sum of four components: physical (pain), emotional discomfort, interpersonal conflicts, and nonacceptance of one’s own dying. These four components may individually or in combination affect a patient’s perception of their total pain. Lack of understandingmore>>

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Pain Assessment

Pain Assessment

When assessing a patient’s pain, hospice staff will often consider its: *Location *Onset *Duration *Character *Intensity *Frequency   A terminally ill patient may often have different types of pain in several locations. However, not all complaints of pain may be disease-related. For example, a patient might complain of general soreness thatmay be caused from being bedriddenmore>>

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