World Medical Association (WMA) Resolution

WMA Resolution on Access to Adequate Pain Treatment

During the 62nd WMA General Assembly, Montevideo, Uruguay, October 2011, the following Resolution on access to adequate pain treatment was adopted:

"Around the world, tens of millions of people with cancer and other diseases and conditions experience moderate to severe pain without access to adequate treatment. These people face severe suffering, often for months on end, and many eventually die in pain, which is unnecessary and almost always preventable and treatable. People who may not be able to adequately express their pain - such as children and people with intellectual disabilities or with consciousness impairments - are especially at risk of receiving inadequate pain treatment.

It is important to acknowledge the indirect consequences of inadequate pain treatment, such as a negative economic impact, as well as the individual human suffering directly resulting from untreated pain." [...]

Here you can find the WMA resolution. 

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