Results of a study being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGYTM annual meeting find that over 2/3 of children from low income Latino families receive inadequate pain management following discharge from surgery. The primary obstacles to better care include language barriers, incomplete information about pain management, and a preference for alternative therapies.
Researchers studied 139 Latino families with children who had surgery to remove their tonsils or adenoids. On average, parents administered only ½ of the recommended 12 to 18 doses of pain medication following the procedures. It was found that many parents feared addiction or other harm from pain medications, and that poor communication or insufficient time spent with care providers left many concerns and questions unaddressed.
Read more about the findings here.