Pain – when it affects the person

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This article originally appeared in ehospice.

The theme of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2016 is: ‘Living and dying in pain: It doesn’t have to happen’. ehospice, with permission from the Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy, is drawing on narratives to highlight the effect of pain on people and families, and the value of palliative care and pain control in addressing this issue. Follow the life story R.K. and the effect of pain. Click here to read the full story.

Here are some takeaways by the author:

  • Unrelieved pain has a devastating effect on the sufferer.
  • One should look for pain by asking the simple, direct question.
  • Most of the time, pain can be relieved by relatively simple means.
  • When pain is relieved, the whole attitude of the patient changes.

75% of the world population does not have adequate access to controlled medications for pain relief. As a result, millions of people suffer from pain which is avoidable and could be managed with proper access to the correct medications. Find out how you can play a part during the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day by visit the WHPCA website.