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Treatment of pain lacking, data show

McClatchy Newspapers/Houston Chronicle, October 31, 2008

 Medical science has learned a great deal about the causes of pain and ways to relieve it, pain experts say, but for a host of reasons, the treatment of pain and suffering has improved hardly at all in recent years. Hospitals do a little better than that in managing pain for patients with all kinds of illnesses, according to a survey in the New England Journal of Medicine.The survey of hospitals in 40 metropolitan areas by the Harvard School of Public Health found that one-third of patients felt that their pain wasn't well controlled. The percentage of those who were satisfied by their pain care ranged from 72% in Birmingham, AL, to 57% in New York City hospitals.