- defined as an “unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage.”1
- based upon a sensory event of the peripheral and central nervous system, but the experience and procession of pain is influenced by biological, psychological and social factors.
- a highly subjective experience. Even when suffering from the similar disorders, the pain of two patients is not the same.1
Therefore comprehensive clinical assessment and effective physician-patient communication are essential.
- Part III: Pain Terms, A Current List with Definitions and Notes on Usage (pp 209-214) Classification of Chronic Pain, Second Edition, ISAP Task Force on Taxonomy, edited by H. Merskey and N. Bogduk, IASP Press, Seattle, © 1994.