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Evidence and outcomes in acute pain management 

Evidence and outcomes in acute pain management
Evidence and outcomes in acute pain management

Suellen M. Walker

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date: 19 June 2021

Inadequate control of post-operative pain can be associated with acute morbidity and have adverse effects on recovery and emotional well-being.

The aims of acute pain medicine are reducing pain intensity, control of side effects, hastening rehabilitation, and improving acute and long-term outcomes.

League tables compare the efficacy of analgesics, based on the number-needed-to-treat (NNT) to achieve 50% pain reduction.

Systematic reviews of different interventions for acute pain are conducted and regularly updated in the Cochrane Library.

The second edition of Acute Pain Management: Scientific Evidence by the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and Faculty of Pain Medicine provides a useful summary of the current evidence.

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