Evidence and outcomes in acute pain management

Suellen M. Walker

in Acute Pain

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199234721
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191739972 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Pain Management Library

Evidence and outcomes in acute pain management

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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.

Chapter.  2863 words. 

Subjects: Critical Care ; Pain Medicine

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