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.
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