BMC Palliative Care is calling for submissions to our Collection on the challenging topic of pain assessment and control in palliative care.
Pain is a common symptom affecting the quality of life of more than half of patients with many advanced and progressive diseases. As it is a subjective phenomenon, effective pain relief in palliative patients depends mainly on a thorough assessment that identifies each patient's different physical, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects and on optimal interventions involving multiple disciplines. Despite the recent progress in pain physiology research and pharmacological management, the complexity of pain control is still a challenge for professionals, particularly for patients at the end of life.
In recognition of this important field, BMC Palliative Care has launched this Collection which encourages submissions including but not limited to those addressing:
• Pain assessment
• Pain assessment in non-communicative patients
• Causes of pain
• Neuropathic pain
• Pharmacological therapies and administration routes
• Side effects of medications
• Non-pharmacological interventions
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