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Managing chronic pain in survivors of torture

Amris, K; Williams, ACDC; (2015) Managing chronic pain in survivors of torture. Pain Management , 5 (1) pp. 5-12. 10.2217/pmt.14.50. Green open access

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Abstract

All generalist and specialist clinicians are likely to encounter torture survivors among refugees and asylum seekers. A minority of people survive torture and a smaller minority reach a developed country; those who do tend to be the more resilient and resourceful. They have many health, social and welfare problems; persistent pain in the musculoskeletal system is one of the most common. There is little specific evidence on pain in survivors of torture; the guidelines on interdisciplinary specialist management are applicable. Most of the literature on refugee survivors of torture has an exclusive focus on psychological disorders, with particularly poor understanding of pain problems. This article summarizes the current status of assessment and treatment of pain problems in the torture survivor.

Type: Article
Title: Managing chronic pain in survivors of torture
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.2217/pmt.14.50
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.2217/pmt.14.50
Language: English
Keywords: Falanga, post-torture pain, torture, torture methods, torture rehabilitation,torture survivor, torture victim
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1476206
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