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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 68-74

People, medicine, and society: An overview of chronic pain management

Hunter Integrated Pain Service, Hunter New England Health, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

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Dr. Hema Rajappa
Hunter Integrated Pain Service, Hunter New England Health, Newcastle, New South Wales
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/amhs.amhs_108_20

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Chronic pain, once termed a hidden epidemic, is gaining increasing visibility around the world. It places a huge burden on patients, their families, and the wider community, with profound adverse effects on function, well-being, and quality of life. It is also a socioeconomic problem, straining health-care systems globally. This article provides an overview of the changing landscape of chronic noncancer pain. The epidemiology, classification, pain-related neuroscience, problems with overemphasis on biomedical focus, and the importance of adopting a more holistic sociopsychobiomedical framework are discussed. The article concludes with a brief discussion on health-care delivery systems in the context of chronic pain.

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