Sex Bias Seen In Control Of Cancer Pain

Fri Sep 26, 2008
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) –

…Men and women did not differ significantly in terms of worst pain scores, least pain scores, or pain interference. However, average pain in the last week and pain right now were significantly higher in women.

In addition, the average total daily dose of pain-killers was significantly greater for men (130 versus 66 milligrams morphine equivalent value).

Women were also significantly less likely than men to receive prescriptions for high potency opioids (33 percent versus 51 percent). More…