Reluctance to report pain

Concerns about "being good"

Cultural issues

Belief that suffering is deserved

Belief that suffering is deserved

In the face of serious illness, people often evaluate their lives. And some may come to believe that the suffering related to their illness is something that they deserve.

People who believe their pain is somehow deserved may need spiritual counseling to overcome this barrier to adequate pain relief.

The health care team carries out its work in the belief that no one should have to suffer unnecessary pain during cancer treatment.

Health care professionals do not stand in judgment about who "deserves" pain relief- their goal is to relieve suffering for all.

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