Inadequacy of pain control


Factors contributing to lack of pain relief include exaggerated fears of drug addiction, lack of knowledge about the way people perceive pain, misunderstanding of the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of analgesics, use of inappropriate drug doses and value to appreciate the value of simple non-drug supportive measures.


A 1995 study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, found that half of those who died in acute-care hospitals in the USA were in moderate to severe pain in their last days. A Brown University study published in 2001, found that 40 percent of nursing home patients with acute or chronic pain were not getting treatment that brings them relief. These findings, combined with patient activism, have led to new laws and professional standards encouraging more prompt and effective treatment of pain.

Narrower Problems:
Underprescription of drugs
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST