THE GROWING EMPHASIS ON EVIDENCE IN ACUTE PAIN MANAGEMENT: The pharmacology of and techniques in managing acute postoperative pain have improved dramatically since the late 1990s. But despite these advances, acute postoperative pain is still poorly managed, with 29.7% of postoperative patients having moderate-severe pain and 10.9% of postoperative patients having severe pain. In parallel, since the late 1990s, there has been an increased awareness of the suffering associated with acute postoperative pain and the importance of perceiving pain relief as a basic human right. This concept has received widespread endorsement from various international bodies such as the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), in the year 2001, published its statement on patients' rights to pain management. The statement explicitly points out the patients' right of access to appropriate and effective pain management strategies, thus making the link between treatment strategies and supporting data. To further highlight the importance of evidence in the practice of acute postoperative pain management, The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and Faculty of Pain Medicine produced the second edition of the book Acute Pain Management: Scientific Evidence. This document helps to guide clinicians in their practice of evidence-based medicine (EBM) in the arena of acute postoperative pain management; it will be discussed in more detail later in the chapter.
|Title of host publication||Acute Pain Management|
|Editors||R.S. Sinatra, O.A. de Leon-Casasola, B. Ginsberg, E.R. Viscusi|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2009|