Assessment and Management of Chronic Pain in the Seriously Ill

Vanessa S. Lewis Ramos, Serife Eti

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The intent of this article is to help clinicians to have practical knowledge and skills related to both assessment and pharmacotherapy of chronic pain in the seriously ill patients. Treating patients with chronic pain and progressive disease should include assessment of “total pain” (physical, psychological, and spiritual suffering) and the care givers as part of treatment team. Effective management of chronic pain starts with thorough assessment and diagnosis of the pain syndrome. A worldwide consensus endorses use of multimodal approach and opioid pharmacotherapy as the mainstay approach to moderate to severe pain in cancer and pain associated with serious illness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPrimary Care - Clinics in Office Practice
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Adjuvant analgesics
  • Chronic pain
  • Opioids
  • Seriously ill

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)


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