Work as a Team
Patient-centered care should be utilized when working with individual patients to complete a pain assessment. Each clinician should engage with patients individually and create a plan that best meets the patient’s needs using multimodal methods. These methods should include both opioid and nonopioid treatments.12 In addition, the patient should be encouraged to actively engage in the process. Engaged patients have been shown to have better pain outcomes.13
For our patients with cancer, using the same pain scale, completing a comprehensive pain assessment at each visit, and actively listening can elicit the best response.
Acknowledging that cancer pain is still underresearched and undertreated is the beginning of how we can handle pain in this changing climate. Providing cancer patients with diverse methods to become active participants in their care by educating them on what to expect can be an initial step, along with creating partnerships for managing pain through patient-centered care.
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