May 1st 2000
The inadequate treatment of pain associated with malignancy remains a significant clinical problem.[1-4] Despite published guidelines on the appropriate management of cancer pain, 50% of dying patients experience moderate to severe pain.[1,5-8] One of the greatest barriers to the proper treatment of cancer pain remains health care professionals’ lack of knowledge regarding the appropriate use of analgesic medications.[9-11] The failure to refer to and limited availability of knowledgeable specialists in pain and palliative care also contribute to this pervasive problem.