Compassion in the Treatment for Chronic Pain: an Ethical Imperative with Neurobiological Effects
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Despite there being many chronic pain and palliative medical care treatment programs, which highlight compassion as a key dimension, oftentimes, such compassion is reduced to a recommendation left to the will and personal ethical responsibility of the professional (Sinclair et al. 2016). Recent neurobiological research regarding chronic pain supplies evidence on the impact which Mindfulness and Compassion programs have on the nervous centers and pathways in charge of the evaluation of pain perception. Integrating the data found in research so that it may be used as a basis on which to build clinical treatments would help make compassion visible as a key relational competence, both in treatment programs and in those meant to train future professionals (Mackintosh et al. 2018).
When pain becomes chronic, nociceptive information processing is relayed to the sidelines due to the importance acquired by the processing of affective and motivational components (DosSantos et al. 2017). Whilst...
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