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An Evidence-Based Resource for Pain

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 21 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1460
  1. Janet Hardy, head, Department of Palliative Medicine
  1. Royal Marsden NHS Trust, London

    Oxford University Press, £65, pp 272

    ISBN 0 19 263048 2

    Johnathan Cape £17.99, pp 292

    ISBN 0224 06 0309

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    physicians' preference and the anecdote are dead—long live evidence based medicine. McQuay and Moore, from the University of Oxford's Pain Relief Unit, present the evidence to date of the effectiveness of various analgesic interventions in pain control by systematic review of all existing trials that have pain or adverse events as outcomes.

    One of the most striking aspects of this book is what it does not contain. In particular, it highlights the paucity of trials investigating cancer pain. Pain is one of the most common and certainly the most feared symptom …

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