Pain management

Authored by: Carolyn Berryman , Mark Catley , Lorimer Moseley

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Pain

Print publication date:  June  2017
Online publication date:  July  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138823181
eBook ISBN: 9781315742205
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Identifying the underlying etiologies and mechanisms of many pain states is a major clinical and research challenge. Pain, nociception and pathology do not share a straightforward, isomorphic relationship and our inability to understand the underlying etiology can color our attitudes towards the symptoms. Despite this, clinical management requires a framework within which consistent, evidence-based, soundly reasoned, effective, feasible and cost-effective management strategies can be delivered.

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