Unmet needs in the management of functional impairment in patients with chronic pain: a multinational survey.
Background: A survey of European Pain Federation 2019 attendees was conducted to identify unmet needs in chronic pain patients. Materials & methods: Four questions were asked focusing on functional impairment in chronic pain, including who are at increased risk and ways to better identify and manage these patients. Results: In total 143 respondents indicated that key issues were lack of knowledge, lack of resources/time to assess and manage chronic pain and lack of sufficient tools to identify patients at risk for functional impairment. Education and training of primary care physicians, simplified guidelines and practical tools for assessment and use of multidisciplinary teams to treat chronic pain were recommended. Conclusion: There are many unmet needs in the management of functional impairment in chronic pain patients.