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Understanding the Role of Pain Management During Hospice Care

Understanding the Role of Pain Management During Hospice Care

Pain management can be a touchy subject when discussed in broad medical terms and often there are very rigid arguments to be made for or against certain practices depending on the situation at hand. Factors like ethics, addiction, holism, patient history and more all come into play and there’s generally no rigid standard that dictates how all cases of pain management are to be approached—it all depends on the person responsible for treatment.

The grey areas and rigid approaches generally fall to the wayside when it comes to palliative care, however—for the simple fact that pain management becomes a focus of comfort during end of life care, rather than recovery. In this way, when assessing and approaching pain management, hospice care professionals often observe a different set of variables.

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