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Pain management is an issue which has come a long way in the last few decades, especially when viewed in the setting of pain management in the terminally ill population. It is widely held that many effective pain management therapies are available, yet many patients still undergo severe pain at the end of life due to a lack of knowledge surrounding the effective use of pain control methods on the part of physicians and caregivers alike. Patients and caregivers in this study are provided with pain management education, both on what is to be expected and what can be done. Patients and caregivers are surveyed both before and after the education and the level of pain management is assessed to see if greater knowledge surrounding therapeutics and expected outcomes can improve patients' subjective perception of pain control and ultimately terminally ill patient comfort.
From the Paper:"In the last forty years, amazing progress has been made in the management of patients at the end of life. Patients who are at the end of life often rely on caregivers for support, both emotionally and literally, surrounding concerns about the process of dying. Caregivers are often left to make decisions on how to manage panoply of symptoms including things like breathlessness, physical and mental incapacity, and most of all the effective management of physical pain. The last four decades have shown the medical profession much about how to address these issues with appropriate palliative management, yet often times these issues are not adequately addressed by the caregiver, either because of lack of knowledge or lack of resources. When these issues remain unattended, they often lead to increased anxiety, depression and physical and mental stress, both for the ill patient and for the home care giver. What is the best practical approach to the management of pain in the home care of terminally ill patients? How can these patients be adequately assessed for current and future palliative needs? How are medications chosen? How is an adequate dose determined? And how can the home caregiver ensure all these criteria are met, and the patient made as comfortable as possible."
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Pain Management (2005, August 24) Retrieved September 29, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/pain-management-60518/
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