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December 9/23, 2002

Pain ManagementA Call for Papers

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Copyright 2002 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2002

Arch Intern Med. 2002;162(22):2524. doi:10.1001/archinte.162.22.2524

Pleasure is nothing else but the intermission of pain.—John Seldez (1584-1654)

THE MANAGEMENT of pain is a continuing public health problem. Pain of all descriptions is one of the most frequently encountered complaints in physicians offices, hospitals, chronic care facilities, and nursing homes. Virtually all health care professionals encounter patients with pain, whether it is acute or chronic; is due to trauma, surgery, arthritis, cancer, or other illnesses; or occurs as part of daily life or at the end of life. According to a World Health Organization study involving numerous countries, 22% of primary care patients reported persistent pain.1 Schnitzer2 reported that 75 million US adults experience chronic pain. Pain is difficult to document or study in some groups, such as children3,4 and neonates5 and older persons, but it does occur.6