It is said that compliance plays a key role in pain management. Whether the patient uses the prescribed medication regularly or not, whether the required lifestyle changes have been made by him or not and whether he goes for regular exercise and follow ups or not has a definite impact on the pain that he suffers.
There have been mandates issued by the government with regards to adoption of policies for pain education, regular follow up, uniform measurement and a proper implementation of all these. After such mandates were issued studies were conducted to measure the effectiveness of pain management programs and whether a compliance of these pain management programs brought out the desired results or not.
Disappointedly in one such institution where such a study was conducted, there was no difference found in the pain reduction. In spite of professional awareness of importance of pain management programs and having adopted the necessary standards for pain management there were no favorable changes that were noted.
This may just be an eye opener that suggests that mere implementation of strategies, or just by providing a formal education on the pain management techniques may not be enough to relieve the patients of the pain. What is required is to study different strategies that may help in relieving the pain for different types of patient because it is a known fact that no two patients are same and what may work for one patient may not work for another. Hence, we need different pain management strategies in place so that different alternatives can be used to provide relief the patients.
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