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Pain-Related Suffering

  • Zakir Uddin
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    Address reprint requests to Zakir Uddin, PhD, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University, Canada.
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    School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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Published:November 29, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpain.2022.11.012
      The article by Stilwell et al opened an opportunity to advance pain-related suffering constructs and future research.
      • Stilwell P
      • Hudon A
      • Meldrum K
      • Pagé MG
      • Wideman TH.
      What is Pain-related suffering? conceptual critiques, key attributes, and outstanding questions.
      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,
      • Cassel EJ.
      The nature of suffering and the goals of medicine.
      and the origin of the suffering concept.
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      • Moving Closer to An Inclusive Definition of Pain-related Suffering and Targeted Care
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          We thank Dr. Uddin for his interest and engagement with our Focus Article1 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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