Global disparities in cancer pain management and palliative care

J Surg Oncol. 2017 Apr;115(5):637-641. doi: 10.1002/jso.24585. Epub 2017 Feb 23.


Palliative care and pain management constitute an integral part of the multi-disciplinary approach to treating patients with cancer. There are major disparities in the global presence of sustainable palliative care models and universal availability of effective pain medications, especially in low and middle income countries with the highest predicted future burden of cancer. Active intervention is needed to improve the availability of palliative care and effective pain control worldwide.

Keywords: cancer pain; global cancer; global disparities; palliative care.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Analgesics, Opioid / supply & distribution
  • Analgesics, Opioid / therapeutic use
  • Cancer Pain / therapy*
  • Clinical Competence
  • Developed Countries
  • Developing Countries
  • Global Health*
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Humans
  • Palliative Care*


  • Analgesics, Opioid