Why patients aren't using postoperative pain meds

Many patients experience significant post-surgical pain after hospital discharge despite being provided with analgesics, new Australian research suggests.

Almost half (47%) of the 169 patients surveyed following surgery at the Royal Hobart Hospital, Tasmania, experienced moderate-to-severe pain in the week following discharge from hospital, a study has found

More than 95% of patients were provided with analgesics and 90% received advice about managing their pain after surgery, but two-thirds were underusing analgesics compared with guideline recommendations.