Ethics as applied to pain management

Accessed April 28, Giordano J and Schatman ME. Boswell MV and Giordano J. Ethical considerations in opioid therapy for chronic pain.

I met a doctor in California who reported that, since the medical marijuana law there was enacted inmany of his patients have said they were getting better pain relief using less opiates when they combined them with cannabis [1].

Grappling with the Ethics of Practical Pain Management

Balancing obligations to preserve life and relieve suffering in the decision to terminate life-saving treatment might represent this second kind of dilemma. Interactions with physicians can further foster the dependency of patients. Here the story of the individual case becomes of core importance, of paramount understanding.

What role does pain management play in the clinical care of patients? Because the principle of utility measures the value of consequences solely in terms of preference, utilitarianism is unable to distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable preferences.

This literature has helped us breach barriers to effective pain relief for the dying. Not only are they subject to revision, but they need interpreting, weighing, and balancing to be applied to the concrete clinical situation.

Rheinisches Jahrbuch fuer Volkskunde. Although opiates gave me relief from pain and allowed me to have some functionality, the dose I was prescribed for a long flight, for example, caused stomach problems that took days to resolve. Conflicts between principles cannot be resolved without reference to the situation where they are applied.

Beauchamp and Childress describe a case where a patient long dependent on pentazocine was successfully withdrawn through the deceptive use of a placebo. They have described four principles as essential for biomedical ethics: Though elegant in form, Kantian theory has substantial problems in practical application.

Philosophy, practice and virtue. All planned clinical studies should be reviewed by an independent committee on human research prior to implementation. Although pain research has resulted in a better understanding of pain modalities and the development of new treatments, patients report little increase in satisfaction with the management of their pain while hospitalized Department of Health and Human Services, Those who may be incapable of giving fully informed consent, including children and adults who are not fully competent, should not be used in pain research unless it is essential to the goals of the experiment.

The principle of beneficence is upheld when the appropriate amount of medication or other treatment is administered to the patient in a timely fashion resulting in the best pain control with acceptable side effects.

Making unbiased, ethical decisions in the treatment of pain for hospitalized patients instills confidence and trust in patients and may ultimately lead to greater patient satisfaction with pain management. In some illnesses, disease treatment has priority appendicitisin others pain management has priority non-specific low back pain.

The outcome of this assessment should be included in the manuscript. January 6, 1. Ethical Principles for Pain-Related Clinical Practice The American Pain Society believes that the principles of medical ethics published by the American Medical Association should apply to all clinical disciplines engaged in pain therapy with patients.

Types of Ethical Theory A brief overview of the types of ethical theory developed is necessary so that pain management practitioners can be aware of the range of possible perspectives available for moral judgment. Utilitarianism has some important shortcomings as an ethical theory.Ethics First.

As Brennan et al. emphasize, the relief of pain is a core ethical duty in medicine.

Balancing Evidence, Efficacy and Stakeholder Values in Practical Pain Care

Unrelieved pain blocks enjoyment of all other human goods and values. The vast majority of the medical literature published concerning the ethics of pain management addresses pain relief at the end of life.

weighing, and balancing to be applied to the concrete clinical situation. Conflicts between principles cannot be resolved without reference to the situation where they are applied. They have described four. In this issue of Practical Pain Management, Prof.

Expert: Let Ethics Guide Pain Prescribing

Peter Moskovitz addresses the complexities, issues, and problems that arise in, and from, the diagnosis and treatment of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). 1 As Prof. Moskovitz astutely notes, the “problem of CRPS” is in many ways.

The pain management practitioner or all working in for pain management should keep good understanding of ethical framework regarding pain management.

Notcutt (), presented structured criteria to face with clinical ethics situation.

Ethics: Ethics and Pain Management in Hospitalized Patients

Ethical Implications of Pain Management Fr. Clark is John McShain Chair in Ethics, St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia. The effective management of pain is. Code of Ethics Preamble The American Pain Society strongly endorses the view that the professional activities of its members must be conducted in accordance with the highest ethical standards.

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