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Acute Pain in Undergraduate Medical Education: An Unfinished Chapter!
Version of Record online: 20 JUN 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Pain Practice © 2012 World Institute of Pain
Volume 12, Issue 8, pages 663–671, November 2012
How to Cite
Vadivelu, N., Mitra, S., Hines, R., Elia, M. and Rosenquist, R. W. (2012), Acute Pain in Undergraduate Medical Education: An Unfinished Chapter!. Pain Practice, 12: 663–671. doi: 10.1111/j.1533-2500.2012.00580.x
Conflict of interest: None.
- Issue online: 5 NOV 2012
- Version of Record online: 20 JUN 2012
- Submitted: March 21, 2012; Revision accepted: April 28, 2012
- acute pain;
Inadequately treated acute pain is a global healthcare problem that causes significant patient suffering and disability, risk of chronicity, increased resource utilization, and escalating healthcare costs. Compounding the problem is the lack of adequate instruction in acute pain management available in medical schools worldwide. Incorporating acute pain diagnosis and management as an integral part of the medical school curriculum will allow physicians to develop a more comprehensive, compassionate approach to treating patients with acute pain syndromes and should be considered a healthcare imperative. In this article, we review the current status of pain education in educational institutions across the world, focusing on achievements, lacunae, and inadequacies. We appeal to all concerned—pain management specialists, health educators, and policymakers—to consider incorporating education on acute pain and its management at undergraduate medical levels in an integrated manner.