Pain Management at the end of Life
Dickey N W
This article reviews the problems which lead to less than adequate treatment of pain for patients at the end of life. Concerns, particularly about uncontrolled pain, have helped drive the assisted-suicide discussions. Review of the current status of pain treatment & discussion of barriers to improved treatment are the first steps to improving patient care & providing meaningful reassurance to patients. Assisting clinicians to provide the best possible care is in the best interests of patients.