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Evidence and outcomes in acute pain management 

Evidence and outcomes in acute pain management
Evidence and outcomes in acute pain management
Acute Pain (Oxford Pain Management Library)

Suellen M. Walker


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.

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