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A 45-year-old patient has breast cancer that has spread to the liver and spine. The patient has been taking oxycodone (OxyContin) and amitriptyline (Elavil) for pain control at home but now has constant severe pain and is hospitalized for pain control and development of a pain-management program. When doing the initial assessment, which question will be most appropriate to ask first?
a.   How would you describe your pain?
b.   How much medication do you take for the pain?
c.   How long have you had this pain?
d.   How many times a day do you medicate for pain?
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Because pain is a multidimensional experience, asking a question that addresses the patient’s experience with the pain is likely to elicit more information than the more specific information asked in the other three responses. All of these questions are appropriate, but the response beginning “How would you describe your pain?” is the best first question.
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Thank you for this, it helped me understand it perfectly.
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