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Better chronic pain management

From the 15 August Eureka news item

Pain care management needs to be improved, with health care professionals committing to improve care as well as a retooling of the health care system to help people who are suffering, states an editorial in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) (pre-embargo link only)

According to a recent analysis, chronic pain affects people of all ages, with an estimated 500,000 Canadians aged 12 to 44 years, 38% of seniors in long-term care institutions and 27% of seniors living at home experiencing regular pain.

“Experts agree that much can be done now with newer analgesics, nonpharmacologic techniques such as nerve blocks and physical therapies, as well as spiritual and supportive care,” write Drs. Noni MacDonald, Ken Flegel, Paul Hébert and Matthew Stanbrook. “Availability of quality care for pain is the major problem. Health professionals have not mounted a response commensurate with the magnitude of the problem.”

The authors argue for a broad strategy to help increase pain management expertise, including education, technology, and supported self-care and lay coaching.



August 16, 2011 - Posted by | Medical and Health Research News | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. More than 75 million Americans live in daily, debilitating pain. It causes psychological problems and can hurt your relationships with spouses, your children, and even co-workers. Read on to find out how one woman turned her personal quest for chronic pain management into a success story and created a national network to help others in agony…

    Chronic pain can shatter your world. It can send you spiraling through anger, grief and depression. It can damage relationships, disrupt careers and wreck sex lives.

    Judith Delgado

    Comment by judith delgado (@judloved) | August 16, 2011 | Reply

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