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SIGN 136 Management of chronic pain

17 Dec 2013

The SIGN guideline on the management of chronic pain has been published.

The SIGN guideline on the management of chronic pain has been published. Chronic pain, defined for the purposes of this guideline as pain that has been present for more than 12 weeks, is a major clinical challenge. Within Scotland there is evidence of wide variation in clinical practice, service and resource provision, with a general lack of knowledge about chronic pain and the management options that are available.

This guideline provides recommendations and treatment pathways based on current evidence for best practice in the assessment and management of adults with chronic non-malignant pain in non-specialist settings, including self management, pharmacological, psychological, physical, complementary and dietary therapies.

A summary is available here. To view the full guideline, go to

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