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27 January 2023 

Pharmacists’ potential for closing gender gap in pain management probed by FIP members

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Existence of a gender gap in pain management and the potential for pharmacists to close this gap is highlighted by FIP in a report of a meeting of an international insight board published today. FIP Insight Boards are invitation-only meetings of experts and representatives of FIP member organisations to discuss a specific topic and collect country-level insights and best practices on that topic. An insight board on pain and gender, assembled by FIP in Seville, Spain, in September 2022, was co-chaired by FIP vice president Parisa Aslani. “Research indicates that pain experienced by women is underestimated and undertreated. Alarmingly, in addition to receiving less effective pain relief, evidence suggests that women with pain are more likely to be prescribed antidepressants,” Prof. Aslani said. Click here for the insights gathered at the meeting. They will be used by FIP to develop resources for pharmacists to support evidence-based decision making and appropriate patient-centred care in pain management.

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