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Patient education in pain control

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Patients' concerns about reporting pain and using analgesics have been cited as major contributors to the problem of inadequate pain management. The purpose of this paper is to describe a program of research in which we have focused on these patient concerns, or as we refer to them, "patient-related barriers to pain management." We present a summary of descriptive studies on this topic, describe educational interventions that have been tested, and suggest future avenues of research and practice.

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Ward, S., Hughes, S., Donovan, H. et al. Patient education in pain control. Support Care Cancer 9, 148–155 (2001).

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