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Definition

According to the official definition of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP),

“Pain is:

an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience    

associated with actual or potential tissue damage,

or described in terms of that damage. »

The pain is therefore primarily based on the patient's feelings. This feeling can vary from person to person and is also influenced by external factors:

  • medical and surgical history

  • social context

  • emotions

  • possible psychological elements

  • the family situation

  • the time of day

  • ….

In addition, the pain is not systematically linked to an injury, which further complicates the situation.

How pain is felt is personal and subjective. This makes it very difficult to measure pain objectively.

Pain is all the patient says it is

and occurs when he says it occurs.

AN EXPERIENCE 

sensory

and emotional

unpleasant,

DIFFICULT TO QUANTIFY

AND QUALIFY

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