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Many chronic pain control treatments are ineffective

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 02 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:269
  1. Alison Boulton
  1. London

    A new government sponsored systematic review of outpatient services for chronic pain control has found wide disparity in the effectiveness of current practice in Britain.

    Injections of corticosteroids in or around the shoulder joint for shoulder pain, and intravenous regional sympathetic blockade were found to be ineffective, according to the Health Technology Assessment report produced as part of the NHS research and development strategy.

    Interventions for which more evidence is needed include: transcutaneous electrical …

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