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  Published: 28/03/2018





Pain medicine is a multidisciplinary field of specialist medical practice which has only recently ‘come of age.’ Severe persistent pain is now recognised as one of the most prevalent and most costly health care problems worldwide: it has major impact on (and significant financial consequences for) individuals, families and the community at large. The field spans the specialised management of severe problems in the three major areas of acute pain, chronic pain and pain related to cancer.