[PDF] Do Animal Models Tell Us about Human Pain?

Source:
International Association for the Study of Pain
Publisher:
International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
Publication date:
30 June 2010

Abstract

Pain remains an important health problem, with estimates of the cost of common pain conditions being many billions of dollars per year in developed countries. Although pain in some patients could be controlled by better application of existing therapies, other conditions lack effective treatments. Although a major research effort continues to be devoted to resolve these problems, concerns have been expressed at the relative lack of success in translating the ever-growing body of basic science data obtained using animal models into new, effective and safe clinical analgesics.