oa South African Family Practice - Pain management in SA family practice : CPD

Volume 48, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



Extracted from text ... Chronic pain is a human tragedy. It is a common and serious problem that causes distress to patients and careers, is a burden on healthcare professionals and National Health Service resources, and results in significant lost productivity. In a World Health Organisation (WHO) survey, 22% of primary care patients reported chronic pain.1 In a recent postal questionnaire study in Scotland, the overall prevalence of chronic pain was 53.8%. There are many definitions of pain. The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) defines pain as "An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or ..

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