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Optimising pain management - An update

Natalie Schellack, Ama S. Annor
South African Family Practice | Vol 58, No 2 : March/April| a4447 | DOI: | ©
Submitted: 28 March 2016 | Published: 01 March 2016

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Natalie Schellack, Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU), South Africa
Ama S. Annor, Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital, Ga-Rankuwa, South Africa

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The key to optimal pain management is the ability to effectively monitor the patient to ensure pain relief, whilst minimising or managing the side-effects of pain medication. This will only be possible though the collaborative work of all healthcare professionals managing the patient. This article provides an overview of the requirements for optimising pharmacotherapeutic pain management.


pain; opioids; non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs; acute pain; chronic non-malignant pain; cancer pain; post-caesarean section pain; analgesics


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