Curare adeguatamente il dolore cronico significa tutelare l'inalenabile diritto alla dignità del malato

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Properly treating chronic pain means protecting the patient's inalienable right to dignity

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[Autom. eng. transl.] The social malignancy of chronic pain: an emerging but underestimated concept In 2001, the World Health Organization published the annual World health report that classified the diseases not only according to the criterion of mortality and morbidity but also on the basis of the parameter "disability "Induced by them: this new way of classification has highlighted, in its drama, how the aspect of chronic pain resulting from" non-fatal "diseases (headaches, osteoarthritic pain, etc.) requires a cost, not only health, extremely high with percentages of "years lived with disabilities" of between 2 and 5% of total life years. This aspect affects society and nations as a whole because it impacts on areas that go beyond the personal and shape that concept of "Social malice" that well describes the "planet pain": chronic pain is currently a "disease" with which more than 66% of the time European polation has "coexisted" for more than five years, and to which it has found a poor or unsatisfactory response, the basis of an expired quality of life, sometimes defined by the patient as "not worth living", derived from the important and progressive limitations in personal, professional and social terms. The transversality of the problem and its different targets: the person, the family nucleus, the professional context, the social relationships The concept of social malignancy is well applied referring to the different levels of impact that chronic pain is able to generate: a pain not adequately recognized, and therefore improperly treated, affects the individual as a whole by changing his behavioral profile (documented association between chronic pain and depression, WHO), inducing negative repercussions in his family relationships (initially) and (subsequently) progressive extension in the sphere of social and professional relationships.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Properly treating chronic pain means protecting the patient's inalienable right to dignity
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)17-21
Number of pages5
JournalSANITÀ. IL SOLE 24 ORE
Volume2009/39
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • dignità del malato
  • diritto alla salute
  • dolore cronico

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