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Pain-care management needs to be improved, with health care professionals committing to improve care as well as a retooling of the health-care system to help people who are suffering, states an editorial in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).
According to a recent analysis, chronic pain affects people of all ages, with an estimated 500,000 Canadians aged 12 to 44 years, 38 percent of seniors in long-term care institutions and 27 percent of seniors living at home experiencing regular pain.
"Experts agree that much can be
The authors argue for a broad strategy to help increase pain-management expertise, including education, technology and supported self-care and lay coaching.