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[MOL] JCAHO Pain Management Standards Are Unveiled



JCAHO Pain Management Standards Are Unveiled
    [07/27/2000; Journal of the AMA (Free Registration Required)]

Excuses for inadequate pain control appear to have run
their course and will no longer be accepted because poor pain
control is unethical, clinically unsound, and economically wasteful.
This was the prevailing notion underlying the spring Leadership Summit
on Pain Management sponsored by the Joint Commission on Accreditation
of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and the American Pain Society
(APS). The second such meeting will be held this week in Los
Angeles. Dennis S. O'Leary, MD, president of the JCAHO, said that
appropriate pain management is good medicine because it results
in quicker clinical recovery, shorter hospital stays, fewer readmissions,
and improved quality of life, leading to increased productivity.
He said that the "mystique of pain" -- the long-held notion that
because pain is subjective it eludes objective measurement -- has
given way to evidence-based medicine as newer methods of assessing
and controlling pain have emerged.

The full article can be found at:

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/full/jmn0726-3.html

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