Re: [MOL] JCAHO Pain Management Standards Are Unveiled [01602] Medicine On Line


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Re: [MOL] JCAHO Pain Management Standards Are Unveiled



Great article; Thanks...Bridget


>From: Joicy <joicy@erols.com>
>Reply-To: mol-cancer@lists.meds.com
>To: MOL.mol-cancer@lists.meds.com
>Subject: [MOL] JCAHO Pain Management Standards Are Unveiled
>Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2000 22:54:55 -0400
>
>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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