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    Pain relief inadequate for many patients

    Nearly half of patients in outpatient settings in the United States received inadequate relief of moderate-to-severe pain, a new survey has reported.

    The study, which was recently published in the Journal of Opioid Management, was conducted by the Physicians Partnership Against Pain (P3) Survey, one of the largest pain-management surveys of physicians and patients in the United States. The survey, funded by Janssen Scientific Affairs LLC, was designed to evaluate patient perceptions of the adequacy of analgesia and the influence of opioid-related side effects in outpatient pain management.

    “This large-scale survey gives us much greater insight into pain management in the real world, confirming that acute pain is widely undertreated, particularly in the older populations,” said Paul Chang, MD, vice president of Medical Affairs, Internal Medicine, at Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc.

    Older patients were significantly more likely than younger paints to have inadequate pain relief: For patients under 65 years of age, the likelihood was 43% that they would receive inadequate pain relief; of patients 65 to 75 years old, 46% received inadequate pain treatment; and of patients 75 years of age and older, 52% received inadequate care.

    “Undertreatment of pain in older patients is a well-known problem in the U.S. and older adult patients may not receive opioids due to many reasons, including poor assessment of pain and adverse effects, as well as concerns about tolerance, physical dependence, and addiction,” a statement issued by Janssen Scientific Affairs announced.

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