• Description

The undertreatment of pain is a major public health problem and has enormous costs -- to the individual, the health care system and society. Undertreatment is complex and many studies have clarified the factors that may contribute. Clinicians who become aware of these factors are better able to assess accurately, treat appropriately, and educate about pain. Among other factors, undertreatmentof pain has been associated with race, sex, ethnicity, and culture.