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What are the key factors, including additional care and support, that influence participation* and quality of life in people with neuropathic pain?

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* The World Health Organization ICF (International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health) (2001) defines participation as 'A person's involvement in a life situation.' It includes the following domains: learning and applying knowledge, general tasks and demands, mobility, self-care, domestic life, interpersonal interactions and relationships, major life areas, community, and social and civil life.

There is evidence suggesting that people with neuropathic pain experience poorer physical and mental health than people with other forms of pain, even when adjusted for pain intensity. The discrepancy between pain intensity and quality of life implies that other, unrecognisable factors are important for people with neuropathic pain and that these factors may influence their daily activities and participation.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Neuropathic pain in adults: pharmacological management in non-specialist settings
Date issued
November 2013

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Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 01/09/2020