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Epidemiology of Chronic Pain and Opioid Use and Challenges of Chronic Pain Management in Hospital Settings 

Epidemiology of Chronic Pain and Opioid Use and Challenges of Chronic Pain Management in Hospital Settings
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Epidemiology of Chronic Pain and Opioid Use and Challenges of Chronic Pain Management in Hospital Settings
Author(s):

Jiang Wu

and Jianguo Cheng

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199349302.003.0001
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date: 18 October 2019

Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons for seeking medical care in the United States and is a major health problem both in pediatric and adult patient populations. It is estimated that up to 35% of adults presenting for surgery, or about 80 million worldwide, suffer from chronic pain and that a substantial number of such patients are on chronic use of analgesics. This chapter examines the epidemiology of chronic pain and the current state of management of patients with persistent pain in the hospital setting. It advocates that healthcare providers need current, state-of-the-art education to assist them in developing the necessary skills to manage these patients' persistent pain, including skills needed to use opioid medications safely and effectively.

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