Over-, under- and misuse of pain treatment in Germany

Markus Dietl & Dieter Korczak
Background The HTA-report (Health Technology Assessment) deals with over- and undertreatment of pain therapy. Especially in Germany chronic pain is a common reason for the loss of working hours and early retirement. In addition to a reduction in quality of life for the affected persons, chronic pain is therefore also an enormous economic burden for society. Objectives Which diseases are in particular relevant regarding pain therapy? What is the social-medical care situation regarding pain facilities...