PainSA is a chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain. Our mission is to improve all aspects of pain management in Southern Africa.

Teamwork in chronic pain management and the way forward in low and middle-income countries

Assessment and management of patients with chronic pain is a challenging task due to its complex multidimensional nature and biopsychosocial impact. It requires a collaborative effort by an interdisciplinary team. Evidence showed that in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), 33% patients among general adult population, and 56% of general elderly population, suffer from chronic painful conditions.  Women are more likely to report chronic pain than men. In this narrative review, we attempted to search published literature to know the status of assessment and management of patients with chronic pain in low resource countries and to know the most appropriate chronic pain management strategies used in developed countries. We used broad electronic database (January 2010- December 2020) through common search engines.

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