Patient evaluation

  • Michael Serpell


The key to successful management of pain in any patient is accurate assessment. For one of the most universal symptoms in medicine this is a surprisingly (but not unexpectedly) difficult task. Chronic painful conditions are present in virtually all medical specialties and the impact of pain on the patient can occur on several levels. This breadth of understanding means that a clinician may often need to use assessment skills developed from other specialities such as orthopaedics and psychology in the same pain patient.


Chronic Pain Neuropathic Pain Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Chronic Pain Patient Quantitative Sensory Testing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Serpell
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  1. 1.University Department of AnaesthesiaGartnavel General HospitalGlasgowScotland

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