Assessing, diagnosing and managing neuropathic pain

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Williams, H. (2006) Assessing, diagnosing and managing neuropathic pain. Nursing Times; 102: 16, 22-24.

Neuropathic pain and its co-morbidities can be detrimental to a patient's quality of life, affecting both physical and psychological well-being.

Diagnosing neuropathic pain can be difficult and some patients may have to wait up to 12 months to see a pain specialist. The nursing contribution to recognising and managing neuropathic pain is vital if patient care is to be improved. It is therefore necessary for nurses to understand the assessment, diagnosis and management of neuropathic pain.

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