Aspectos neurobiólogies, psicológicos y sociales del sufrimiento

Translated title of the contribution: Social, psychological and neurobiological bases of suffering

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Pain and its treatment have not been excluded from the cartesian dualistic conceptualisation considering mind and body as separate entities without apparent relation in between. This model has been used more than needed by clinicians, even though empirical evidence supports a whole new vision: the "total pain" definition entails more value today than ever, given than joins together the concepts of pain and nociceptive neuromatrix and makes possible the interchange of pain and suffering, as they both are considered responses to threat. The present article reviews the current evidence derived from Neurobiology, Psychology and socio-cultural studies regarding controversies on pain and suffering, both in cancer and non-cancer patients. It concludes on the need to maintain a broad focus in pain management including biological, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual aspects.

Translated title of the contributionSocial, psychological and neurobiological bases of suffering
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)245-255
Number of pages11
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 2008


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