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Moving Closer to An Inclusive Definition of Pain-related Suffering and Targeted Care

  • Peter Stilwell
    Affiliations
    School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal (CRIR), IURDPM, CIUSSS-Centre-Sud-de-l'Ile-de-Montréal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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  • Anne Hudon
    Affiliations
    Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal (CRIR), IURDPM, CIUSSS-Centre-Sud-de-l'Ile-de-Montréal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    School of Rehabilitation, Université de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    Ethics Research Center (CRÉ), Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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  • Keith Meldrum
    Affiliations
    Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
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  • M. Gabrielle Pagé
    Affiliations
    Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Université de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    Department of Psychology, Université de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier de l'Universite de Montréal (CRCHUM)
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  • Virginia McIntyre
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    Coldbrook, Nova Scotia, Canada
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  • Timothy H. Wideman
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    Address reprint requests to Timothy H. Wideman, PT, PhD, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University, Hosmer House, Room 303B, 3630 Promenade Sir-William-Osler, Montreal, QC H3G 1Y5.
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    School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal (CRIR), IURDPM, CIUSSS-Centre-Sud-de-l'Ile-de-Montréal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Published:November 29, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpain.2022.11.011
      We thank Dr. Uddin for his interest and engagement with our Focus Article
      • Arman M
      • Gebhardt A
      • Hök Nordberg J
      • Andermo S
      Women's lived experiences of chronic pain: Faces of gendered suffering.
      on the nature of pain-related suffering. Dr. Uddin's letter touches on a number of important themes that can help expand the discussion on this foundational, but underdeveloped, construct. Below, we aim to offer an important clarification regarding how we understand pain-related suffering, while also contributing to some of the broader discussion on these themes.
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      • Pain-Related Suffering
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          The article by Stilwell et al opened an opportunity to advance pain-related suffering constructs and future research.1 The article shows clear room for bridging potential associations between pain and suffering. The authors demonstrated the 4 key attributes of pain-related suffering from the core concept of Eric Cassell on suffering and pointed out a key challenge of suffering as a “self-reflective and future-oriented process.” My comments are focused on this key challenge to suffering in the light of philosophical issues raised in Cassell's landmark paper,2 and the origin of the suffering concept.
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