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Monday, September 29, 2008

Pain Relief Short Changes Women

I am not surprised that this type of bias still exists after so many years and so many more women in health care.

It tells me that we really need a greater overhaul of medical education and the medical industry that people are willing to address.

And I am sure that it isn't an issue just for people with cancer.

There are many natural options for people experiencing pain that are as, if not more, effective that pharmaceuticals that may also promote addiction. The key to this, however, remains making the relief of pain tailored to the person's needs and also to include properly addressing the emotional component of what they are facing and living with every day.
Sex bias seen in control of cancer pain Fri Sep 26, 2008

How well pain is managed in people with cancer apparently differs between men and women, new research hints.

Dr. Kristine A. Donovan, of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida, and colleagues examined pain severity and the adequacy of pain management in 131 cancer patients newly referred to a multidisciplinary cancer pain clinic.

Men and women did not differ significantly in terms of worst pain scores, least pain scores, or pain interference. However, average pain in the last week and pain right now were significantly higher in women.

In addition, the average total daily dose of pain-killers was significantly greater for men (130 versus 66 milligrams morphine equivalent value).

Women were also significantly less likely than men to receive prescriptions for high potency opioids (33 percent versus 51 percent).

Women were also significantly more likely than men to report inadequate pain control, as indicated by scores on a standard pain management scale.

These findings, Donovan and colleagues conclude, highlight the need to improve the treatment of pain in cancer patients and to "more closely examine physician and patient-related factors that may hinder adequate pain management."

SOURCE: The Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, August 2008.

Copyright © 2008 Reuters Limited.

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