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Postoperative Pain is an Under Appreciated, Under Treated Problem in the United States
Date:10/3/2007

e shown that minorities and the poor

are at risk for inadequate pain control, pain advocates support new

research initiatives that focus on cultural and ethnic differences in

understanding and managing pain. Even in the absence of this data, the

report states that it is incumbent on hospitals and community

treatment centers to be more proactive in addressing postoperative

pain management, so patients and caregivers will benefit from more

aggressive and successful symptom management.

8. Develop a curriculum on pain management for use in medical schools and

allied health care institutions.

Today, only three percent of medical schools have a separate required

course on pain management, which is one of the reasons why there is a

persistent gap in professional awareness about this subject.

Accordingly, the report calls for developing a curriculum for medical

and allied health students that focuses on the evaluation and

treatment of pain as well as courses for faculty at medical schools

and allied health care institutions.

9. Immediately implement and increase the funding for professional

training on postoperative pain management.

Because inadequate postoperative pain management results when

clinicians have an incomplete understanding about effective dose

regimens and treatment options, an immediate need is for professional

societies and recognized medical sub-specialty organizations to invest

in expanded professional education through continuing education

courses as well as lecture series on pain management issues.

10. Move toward a less invasive, more cost-effective system for delivering

acute postoperative pain management in the hospital setting.

Besides expanding research funding and increasing professional

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