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This month let’s explore the concept of pain in palliative care. Regardless of the setting you work in we have all cared for palliative care patients who have had pain. Often we remember cases where the pain strategies implemented have not managed the pain well. This could be for many reasons. For example; we have not assessed the pain correctly, some of the team feel the pain is not “real” or we have not put the corrent strategies in place for the type of pain the patient is experiencing.
Not assessing pain correctly and not putting the correct strategies in place for the type of pain is something that we can be taught. Subjective feelings by the team that the patients pain is not “reaL” is poor judgement and unprofessional.