Definitions:

Intractable Pain, Chronic Pain and Palliative Care:

Intractable Pain: A severe, constant pain that is not curable by any known means and causes adverse biologic effects on the body’s cardiovascular, hormone, and neurological systems causing a bed or house-bound state and early death if not adequately treated.

Treatment Goal:  Provide life-long pain relief sufficient to normalize physiologic and mental function and enable the patient to independently carry out activities of daily living to the maximum extent possible.

Chronic Pain:  Mild to moderate, irregular, recurrent, and intermittent pain that may not require daily medical treatment.

Treatment Goal:  Total independent living and normal mental, social, and physical functions.

Palliative Care: Daily medical treatment of an intractable pain patient who has a shortened life expectancy due to the patient’s disease stage and who requires daily caregiver support to carry out activities of daily living.

Treatment Goal:  Provide life-long comfort and relief of suffering in the late stage of life, and enable the patient to independently carry out activities of daily living to whatever extent is possible.

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