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Why is unmanaged pain still a problem?

Annette Katelaris
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (6): 371. || doi: 10.5694/mja12.c0402

Pain, and, in particular, chronic pain, is older than medicine itself, and a major reason why people see doctors. It is central to human experience, and pervasive in clinical practice. However, pain — and patients in pain — are not well understood or managed. Our lack of understanding of pain mechanisms, the elusiveness of pain as a research subject, uncertainties in management, and deficiencies in giving patients empathic and integrated care erode doctors’ attempts to help meaningfully.

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  • Annette Katelaris

  • Medical Journal of Australia, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: akatelaris@mja.com.au

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