Chronic pain: challenges in the assessment and management of cancer pain.


Journal Article

Assessing and managing pain while caring for the whole patient is a challenge for physicians. Barriers to pain management include clinician-, patient-, and health system-related issues. The traditional model of care is focused on disease-specific treatments. If these treatments fail, the focus shifts to palliation. A new model of care integrates disease-specific treatments with palliative care and rehabilitation. This model includes prevention and treatment of suffering. An essential element of this model is evaluation of the patient's concerns about the future and fear. Treating patient pain with quality pain management and palliative care involves a holistic pain assessment and management strategy.

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Cited Authors

  • Payne, R

Published Date

  • January 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 1 Suppl

Start / End Page

  • S12 - S15

PubMed ID

  • 10687333

Pubmed Central ID

  • 10687333

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0885-3924

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0885-3924(99)00123-2


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States