Editorial

  • Victoria J Madden University of Cape Town

Abstract

Persistent pain is a remarkably common and remarkably expensive healthcare problem. In the developed world, approximately one in three people reports a persistent pain condition; in South Africa, this number is probably closer to one in two people.1-3 The economic cost of pain to South Africa has not been formally calculated, but in Australia and the United States, the cost-to-country of persistent pain exceeds the combined costs of cancer and diabetes.4,5 Persistent pain is not a problem to be taken lightly.

Author Biography

Victoria J Madden, University of Cape Town

Pain Research Team, Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Research, Neuroscience Institute, University of Cape Town

Published
2019-08-07
Section
Editorial