Features and organization of Pain Centers in the Lazio Region, Italy, in 2011

Roberto Latina, Diana Giannarelli, Maria Grazia De Marinis, Michela Piredda, Giuseppe Casale, Roberto Latina, Gianfranco Tarsitani, Pain Centers Group, Guzzetti, Daniela D'Angelo, Giovanni Baglìo, Paolo Notaro, Julita Sansoni, Maria Sofia Cattaruzza, Chiara Mastroianni, Antonio Gatti, John Frederick Osborn

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Background: Evidence on pain management highlights the importance of a multidisciplinary approach in order to achieve optimal therapeutic results. Such programs can be guaranteed by the Centers for Pain Management (CPMs), in which multidisciplinary teams are able to provide advanced and specialized activities for the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of chronic benign pain. To date, information related to healthcare supply and the organizational structure of these centers in Italy is incomplete. The aim of this paper was to provide an overview of the healthcare network of the CPMs in the Lazio region.Methods: A descriptive survey was conducted in all the 37 CPMs existing in the Lazio region in 2011 of which 28 participated.Results: CPMs were located either in Universities or in public or private hospital facilities. They included a clinic, a Day Hospital service, Day surgery and day-beds. CPMs were managed by anaesthesiologists who, in most instances, did not work in a multidisciplinary team. The number of other health professionals available, such as nurses, psychologists and physiotherapists, was limited. CPMs mainly provided drug therapy, Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) and complex interventional treatments. The median waiting time was 30 days. The clinics were not homogeneously distributed in the region with a higher concentration in Rome (56%), followed by other provinces of the Lazio region (26%) and the province of Rome (18%). Clearly, Rome was the city which offered the greatest range of healthcare services and the highest number of consultations with patients, which significantly differed from those of the other areas (χ2=19.6 p<0.01).Conclusions: In 2011, the availability of CPMs was not equally distributed throughout the territory, and there was an over-utilization of the facilities in Rome and an under-utilization in the provincial areas. Moreover, this study showed a lack of a multi-professional approach to chronic pain management.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Numero di pagine13
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2014

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