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The Measurement of Pain.
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PMID:  21571514     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Pain has been studied in depth for decades, yet the pain associated with cancer is still frequently under treated. The measurement of pain in patients with terminal cancer is imperative, because failure to carry it out is recognised as an important reason for inadequate treatment. Although pain is characterised as a symptom, it is a subjective personal experience or a perception. This perception is influenced by both nociceptive transmission and central nervous system modulation; and psychological, social and other environmental factors. It is a complex issue most simply described by the phrase 'Pain is whatever the experiencing person says it is, existing whenever he says it does'. With such complex interplays between pathophysiological and biopsychosocial factors, it is unsurprising that an objective assessment of pain remains elusive. Despite this, many subjective measures of pain have been developed that produce consistent and reliable results when used properly and appropriately.
C L Frampton; P Hughes-Webb
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-5-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical oncology (Royal College of Radiologists (Great Britain))     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1433-2981     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-5-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9002902     Medline TA:  Clin Oncol (R Coll Radiol)     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 The Royal College of Radiologists. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Churchill Hospital, Oxford, UK.
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