Treat the Pain / Life before Death

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International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care

5. What is Pain?

About this Video

Global leaders, including Dr Liz Gwyther (South Africa), Professor Michael Cousins (Australia), Dr Jay Thomas (USA), Mary Calloway (USA), Dr Kathleen Foley (USA), Dr Jim Cleary (Australia), Liliana De Lima (Colombia), Bob (Australia), Bernard (Singapore) and Teena (USA) provide notable quotes:

“Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage,” explains Professor Michael Cousins (Australia). He goes further to discuss the shortcomings in the treatment of pain.

Mary Callaway (USA) underscores the importance of young doctors believing patients’ pain experiences, “The patient says he’s in pain, the patient’s in pain, and then you need to figure out how to measure it, and we know how to measure it, and track it over time.”

Dr Jim Cleary (Australia) and Liliana De Lima (Colombia) reiterate the deeply subjective nature of pain.

Cancer patients Bob (Australia) and Bernard (Singapore) describe the debilitating impact that pain has had on their quality of life.

Sickle cell patient Teena (USA) goes further by explaining how she scores her pain and when she knows her threshold has been reached.

Call to Action

  • Tell a physician, nurse and a pharmacist you know to watch this video
  • Facilitate a discussion with them about the various terms commonly used in pain assessment and management
  • Share your experiences in the comments section below…

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