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Chronic pain in the acute elective surgical setting

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Kirsty Dolphin, Janine Mendham
Foundation Years Journal, volume 9, issue 8, p.15 (123Doc Education, London, September 2015)


This summary covers the pathophysiology of pain alongside analgesic approaches to management of acute pain in patients with chronic pain as a case study. It will take you through a case from pre-operative assessment and the use of adjuvant therapy through to potential complications of acute pain management with questions to test yourself throughout.

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Kirsty Dolphin (Corresponding author)

Foundation Year 2 Doctor
Southmead Hospital
Bristol, BS10 5NB

Janine Mendham

Consultant Anaesthetist and Pain Clinician
Southmead Hospital
Bristol, BS10 5NB


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