Maybe we should all be going to our veterinarians????
'Veterinarians receive five times more pain training than physicians.'
'The first international pain summit endorsed that access to pain management is a fundamental human right.'
'It was further acknowledged that failure to establish such laws, policies and systems is unethical and a breach of the human rights of people harmed as a result.'
'A recent survey (39) of prelicensure pain curricula in health science and veterinary training programs across Canada identified inadequate training regarding pain among health care practitioners. This survey included medical schools and faculties that train nurses, dentists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists, as well as veterinary medicine programs. Only one-third of the programs could identify time designated for mandatory teaching about pain. The mean total number of hours designated for pain teaching over the entire academic training program was 15 for dentistry, 16 for medicine, 31 for nursing, 28 for occupational therapy, 13 for pharmacy, 41 for physical therapy and 87 for veterinarians (39). In other words, veterinarians receive five times more education for pain than physicians. Therefore, it is not surprising that when people in pain present to their community practitioners for help, these family physicians or, in some cases, nurse practitioners (where they are available) are not well equipped to help them. This is also true about the education of specialists with implications for pain care following painful medical procedures, trauma or surgery.'
'The International Association for the Study of Pain hosted the first International Pain Summit on September 3, 2010, in Montreal, Quebec. More than 250 representatives from 84 countries, and professional and human rights organizations endorsed that access to pain management is a fundamental human right and contributed to the Declaration of Montreal. The declaration recognized the intrinsic dignity of all persons and the right of access to pain management without discrimination, and the obligation of governments and health care institutions to establish laws, policies and systems that will help to promote – and will certainly not inhibit – the access of people in pain to fully adequate pain management. It was further acknowledged that failure to establish such laws, policies and systems is unethical and a breach of the human rights of people harmed as a result.'
It is essential that Canada takes a leading role in embracing the Declaration of Montreal and shows the rest of the world that it is possible to treat our citizens with the compassion and dignity that they deserve.
Taken from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3084407/