Original article| Volume 14, ISSUE 3, P168-174, September 1997

Sickle cell-related pain: Perceptions of medical practitioners

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      Pain is the most common problem encountered by patients with sickle cell disease (SCD). We report the results of a survey sent to hematologists and emergency department (ED) physicians regarding their perceptions and practices concerning pain and its management. Hematologists and ED physicians differed considerably in their perceptions about the natural history of the pain, and about the percentage of patients who are addicted to analgesics. Fifty-three percent of the ED physicians and 23% of the hematologists thought that more than 20% of patients are addicted. These beliefs and perceptions about SCD-related pain and the prevalence of addiction must be addressed if clinical care is to be changed substantively.

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