Sickle cell-related pain: perceptions of medical practitioners.


Journal Article

Pain is the most common problem encountered by patients with sickle cell disease (SCD). We report the results of a survey sent to hematologists and emergency department (ED) physicians regarding their perceptions and practices concerning pain and its management. Hematologists and ED physicians differed considerably in their perceptions about the natural history of the pain, and about the percentage of patients who are addicted to analgesics. Fifty-three percent of the ED physicians and 23% of the hematologists thought that more than 20% of patients are addicted. These beliefs and perceptions about SCD-related pain and the prevalence of addiction must be addressed if clinical care is to be changed substantively.

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Cited Authors

  • Shapiro, BS; Benjamin, LJ; Payne, R; Heidrich, G

Published Date

  • September 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 14 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 168 - 174

PubMed ID

  • 9291703

Pubmed Central ID

  • 9291703

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0885-3924

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/S0885-3924(97)00019-5


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States