Hong Kong Med J 1996;2:401-4 | Number 4, December 1996
SEMINAR PAPERS--PAIN AND PAIN MANAGEMENT
Multidisciplinary approach to chronic pain management
Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong
Suffering from pain remains a major health, social, and economic problem. The management of acute post-operative pain and cancer pain has improved over the past few years but other chronic pain conditions remain inadequately treated. Chronic pain is a complex condition involving pathophysiological, psychological, emotional, and environmental factors. A multidisciplinary approach to pain management has been shown to improve the quality of patient care, reduce the use of health care services, and overall health care cost. This paper reviews the concept of multidisciplinary pain management and discusses its benefit in the management of chronic pain.
Key words: Pain, intractable; Pain clinics; Multidisciplinary pain center
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