Expert recommends pain ‘demedicalisation’

“One of the beliefs we have in our culture is that if you have pain you should see a doctor,” said Emeritus Professor David Morris, from the University of Virginia.

Due diligence must be done (“ensure there is not a tumour pressing on a nerve”) but after ruling out such a diagnosis it was an option for a person to declare themselves a “non-patient”, he said.

Professor Morris, author of the award-winning book The Culture of Pain, is not a clinician but has studied issues surrounding pain management and will be keynote speaker at a workshop for primary healthcare

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