Undertreatment of pain and low use of opioids in Latin America

César Amescua García, Joao Batista Santos Garcia, María Del Rosario Berenguel Cook, Frantz Colimon, José Alberto Flores Cantisani, Carlos Guerrero, María Del Rocío Guillén Núnez, John Jairo Hernández Castro, Durval Campos Kraychete, Argelia Lara-Solares, Osvandré Lech, María Antonieta Rico Pazos, Manuel Sempértegui Gallegos, Lizandra Pattaro Marcondes

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Abstract

Pain is highly prevalent among the adult Latin American population. However, many patients with moderate to severe pain do not have access to effective pain management with opioids due to limited access to healthcare, overuse of nonopioid analgesics, regulatory barriers and lack of appropriate information about opioids. There is scarce training on use of opioids among physicians and other healthcare providers, which leads to misconceptions, mainly related to a fear of prescribing opioids. Although opioids are safe and effective drugs for the treatment of moderate to severe chronic pain, the use of opioids in Latin American nations is clearly below standards compared with developed countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-196
Number of pages16
JournalPain Management
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)

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