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The Role of the Psychiatrist in the Pain Clinic

  • Stephen P. Tyrer (a1)
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In Britain there are almost 200 pain clinics concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of patients with chronic intractable pain. These patients have frequently run the gamut of medical and surgical services and they are referred to a pain clinic for further assessment and treatment, especially those cases where no organic basis can be found to account for the complaint of pain. Other reasons for referral include specialist treatment only available in a pain clinic, where conventional therapy has failed or where further surgical or medical treatment is not considered justifiable.

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The Role of the Psychiatrist in the Pain Clinic

  • Stephen P. Tyrer (a1)
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