In a pain study conducted by researchers at Bochum University Hospital, 56% of patients in German hospitals said that they experienced unbearable pain.
The researchers conducted a survey of 25 German hospitals between 2004 and 2006, asking patients about the intensity of pain they experienced and the effectiveness of pain therapy provided.
Among the 1,000 surgical and non-surgical patients who participated in the study, one-third of them reported moderate to severe pain at rest, while more than half in each group complained of severe pain related to movement.
In addition to the 56% of patients who complained that their pain was unbearable, 55% felt that the pain therapy in the hospitals was unsatisfactory.
The study authors said these results indicate a clear need for improvement in pain therapy in German hospitals.