Chronic Pain — 25 October 2013

By Richard Lenti

The lack of adequate training in pain management has long been an issue in U.S. and Canadian medical schools – a problem that also exists in Europe.

A new survey of 242 undergraduate medical schools in 15 European countries found that medical students only receive an average of 12 hours of training in pain management during their entire six-year degree program. That translates to just 0.2 percent of the teaching medical students receive during their undergraduate studies.

The APPEAL (Advancing the Provision of Pain Education and Learning) study also found that 82% of the medical schools have no dedicated courses on pain that are compulsory for students.  The study was presented at the annual Congress of the European Pain Federation, in Florence, Italy.

“With the exception of France and a handful of schools in other countries, which have made headway in the provision of pain teaching, there is a striking lack of dedicated teaching on pain across Europe,” said Dr. Emma Briggs, a lecturer at King’s College London and Chair of the British Pain Society Pain Education Special Interest Group.

“This raises the question as to whether the provision of pain education in undergraduate medical studies is fit for purpose to address the current and growing unmet public health need.”

Read more at National Pain Report.

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Richard Lenti

Richard Lenti has worked as a news writer for the last 20 years at various television stations in Los Angeles. He is a Golden Mike winner and a graduate of California State University, Fresno. With roots in print journalism, Richard is excited to be “published” once again; having people read his work as opposed to having it read to them. As a freelance writer his work has appeared in the Easy Reader, L.A. Jazz Scene, Irrigation and Green Industry, and the KCAL 9 Online website.

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