Current Status of Pain Clinics in Korea

한국 통증치료실의 현황

  • Moon, Dong-Eon (Department of Anesthesiology, Catholic University Medical College) ;
  • Yang, Nae-Yun (Department of Anesthesiology, Catholic University Medical College) ;
  • Choi, Young-Kook (New Jersey Pain Institute, Robert-Wood Johnson Medical School) ;
  • Ryu, Keon-Hee (Department of Anesthesiology, Catholic University Medical College) ;
  • Shim, Jae-Yong (Department of Anesthesiology, Catholic University Medical College) ;
  • Yoon, Keon-Jung (Department of Anesthesiology, Catholic University Medical College) ;
  • Kim, Wook-Sung (Department of Anesthesiology, Catholic University Medical College) ;
  • Min, Jin-Hye (Department of Anesthesiology, Catholic University Medical College)
  • 문동언 (가톨릭대학교 의과대학 마취과학교실) ;
  • 양내윤 (가톨릭대학교 의과대학 마취과학교실) ;
  • 최영국 ;
  • 유건희 (가톨릭대학교 의과대학 마취과학교실) ;
  • 심재용 (가톨릭대학교 의과대학 마취과학교실) ;
  • 윤건중 (가톨릭대학교 의과대학 마취과학교실) ;
  • 김욱성 (가톨릭대학교 의과대학 마취과학교실) ;
  • 민진혜 (가톨릭대학교 의과대학 마취과학교실)
  • Published : 1998.10.10

Abstract

Background: Twelve years have passed since the Korean Pain Society was organized. Nowadays, there are so many problems to be solved in pain clinics including health insurance, pain education and public information etc. in Korea. The present study was designed to evaluate the current status of pain clinics in Korea. Methods: Eight hundred twenty regular members of Korean Pain Society were surveyed by questionnaire in October 1997. We compared the general characteristics, contents of diseases in pain clinic, treatment Methods, patients satisfaction, pain educations, problems in pain treatments, requests to Korean Pain Society among the 138 respondents. Results: Thirty seven percents of the respondents worked at university hospitals, 39% at non-university hospitals and 24% at private pain clinics. The most common diseases treated in pain clinics was low back pain(32% in university and non-university hospital and 28% in private pain clinic respectively). However, cancer pain was 10% in university and non-university hospital and 0.7% in private pain clinic. Epidural block was the most frequently used procedure in chronic pain treatments. And 74.6% of the respondents were studied and learned in Korea and Japan. And then, current problems in pain management and requests to Korean Pain Society were medical insurance problems, pain education and public information of pain clinics. Conclusions: These results suggest that the Korean Pain Society should make an effort to solve these current problems in order to activate pain medicine and increase the quality of life for those suffering from pain.