Pain Management

MGH Commitment to Pain Control

MGH has a long tradition of excellence and innovations in Pain Management. It was declared across the world, “we conquered pain” after the successful demonstration of ether during surgery. We continue to innovate and strive to continue this tradition as we face new challenges in the control of pain.

Evidence-Based Control of Pain
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An evidence-based approach is needed to balance concerns of relieving pain without contributing to the development of chronic pain, disability and despair, while limiting exposure to opioids to prevent the harms of addiction or overdose.

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MGH Cares About
Pain Relief

MGH Cares About Pain Relief provides institution-wide education and leads initiatives to improve the way pain is evaluated and treated.

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Our Promise

MGH promises to provide patient-centered individualized pain control.

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MGH Contacts

Paul Arnstein, RN, PhD, FAAN
Clinical Nurse Specialist for Pain Relief, Pager #13386

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Either Dome Success:
"We Conquered Pain"

After many innovations at Massachusetts General Hospital that changed the way anesthesia and pain control are provided, we continue this tradition of striving to conquer pain.

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HCAHPS Pain Data

Patients at MGH have been increasingly satisfied with pain control while hospitalized over the past 10 years.

Composite score on questions:

  • Q13 How often was your pain well controlled?
  • Q14 How often did the hospital staff do everything they could to help you with your pain?

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