Unrelieved pain: a major health care priority

Michael J Cousins
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (6): 373-374. || doi: 10.5694/mja12.10181
Published online: 2 April 2012

Inadequacies persist in pain management

Pain in patients has long been underestimated, and sufferers poorly served and stigmatised by previous health care approaches which have lagged behind the advances and recommendations of the time. Undertreatment of acute pain in Australia has been discussed over the past 24 years in editorials1 and guidelines,2 as have proposals for improved treatment.2,3

  • Michael J Cousins

  • Pain Management Research Institute, Kolling Institute of Medical Research, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.

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