A multidisciplinary project to improve the quality of cancer pain management in Italy: background, methods, and preliminary results.

@article{Apolone2006AMP,
  title={A multidisciplinary project to improve the quality of cancer pain management in Italy: background, methods, and preliminary results.},
  author={Giovanni Apolone and Simone Mangano and Anna Compagnoni and Emanuele Negri and Paola Mosconi and Salvatore Mannino and Marco Villa and Piergiorgio Zuccaro},
  journal={The Journal of ambulatory care management},
  year={2006},
  volume={29 4},
  pages={
          332-41
        }
}
Pain afflicts most cancer patients, mainly in the advanced and metastatic phases of the disease. Despite the existence of several guidelines for cancer pain management that are based on the recommendations by the World Health Organization and the availability of effective treatments for 70% to 90% of cases, undertreatment is well documented and can involve up to 40% of patients. Undertreatment is usually attributed to an incorrect use of opioids for reasons often conceptualized in terms of… CONTINUE READING
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