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Beating the Pain: A Pocket Guide for Pain Management [Second Edition]

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With the huge burden of cancer and HIV disease among other life limiting illnesses across Africa, there is a clear public health argument for the availability of pain and symptom-relieving drugs to enhance quality of life for the millions of people affected, to maximize clinical benefit from available treatments, and to ensure freedom from unnecessary suffering. The majority of problems can be controlled with adequate clinical knowledge and drug availability. This guide provides common and HIV-related conditions and approaches to addressing pain for pediatric and adult clients. It has been developed for healthcare workers at all levels of care provision working in Africa, but with a main focus towards intermediary and specialist palliative care providers. This second edition, was revised in 2012 to include important updates that reflect current best practice. It is underpinned by the philosophy of palliative care and aims to provide useful quick-reference tips to assist practitioners to ‘beat pain’.

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Publisher: African Palliative Care Association
Language: English
Format: PDF
Region: Global
Audiences: Other Healthcare Workers, Doctors/Physicians, Nurses, Physician's Assistants/Nurse Practitioners, Program Managers
Topic Area: Palliative Care
Resource Type: Manuals