Frequency, nature and management of patient-reported severe acute pain episodes in the over-the-counter setting: results of an online survey.
By: Hersch C, Denis C, Sugar D.
Pain management 2019 Jul 1;9(4):379-387.
Summary: To understand the frequency, nature and self-management of patient-reported severe acute pain occasions, a consumer-based survey of adults experiencing acute pain in Australia, Russia and the UK was carried out. A total of 2994 participants completed the survey; 1366 provided 1 or more diary entries (total 6527 pain occasions). Of these, 744 (11%) were reported as severe, and 72% were treated with OTC medication. Participants were somewhat satisfied/very satisfied with the action taken for 87% of pain occasions overall, and for 83% of severe pain episodes; however, participants with severe pain were somewhat/very dissatisfied with treatment in 9% of cases. Acute pain episodes described as ‘severe’ are not uncommon in the self-management setting; most can be managed successfully with self-medication.