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The “right” goal when managing pain

Posted December 18, 2015, 9:00 am Robert R. Edwards, Ph.D., Contributing Editor It makes sense that the primary goal of pain treatment should be to reduce pain. However, a recent editorial in The New England Journal of Medicine makes a strong case for looking beyond pain intensity when evaluating what is “successful” pain management. The “balancing act” of managing chronic pain …

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