[PDF] Recommendations for wait-times for treatment of pain

Source:
International Association for the Study of Pain
Publisher:
International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
Publication date:
18 February 2011

Abstract

Research has established that patients with chronic pain deteriorate while waiting for treatment. The deterioration includes escalating pain and depression and decreased health-related quality of life. In addition, an international survey of IASP presidents and other key informants has identified that problems with wait-times for appropriate service or with lack of access to service occur in many nations.