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Biotechnological advances are changing how chronic pain patients are treated. Review developments in the pain field.
At the intersection of these two events—the current debate on health care reform and recent publications of evidence-based guidelines—author raises several questions about good healthcare and evidence-based medicine for chronic pain.
Practical and ethical considerations are discussed in this article in regard to pain care of severely neurally compromised patients.
Article discusses the changing views in neuroethics at the close of the decade for pain control and research.
Ethics is vital to the body of knowledge and skills that constitute medical practice. Article addressed the ethics of pain management.
Sudden, unexpected deaths in opioid-treated chronic pain patients are an unfortunate—but not entirely unexpected—occurrence given the grave health issues these patients face; nevertheless, pain physicians should be aware of potential causes, take preventive actions and, if the unforeseen happens, be prepared to defend against legal challenges.
Essay discussing the impact a patient's culture and background has on chronic pain management.
This article presents a pain management specialist's perspective on how pain physicians can learn from others' mistakes and protect against legal challenges to their practice. Key article for the practicing pain physician to read.
Article discusses the role of research and new technologies in chronic pain treatments.
This article discusses patient confidentiality, a key issue in both research and medical practice. Patient choice and the question of autonomy is also discussed.
Substance abuse in the chronic pain setting is examined by an ethicist.
Article on the ethical treatment of chronic pain patients worldwide, taking into consideration different societies' interpretation of pain.
Part 2 of an article series on the global implications of pain management. How do we effectively treat chronic pain around the world?
Pain medicine must continue to progress to meet the challenges posed by advances in scientific understanding and technology and ever-widening philosophical and ethical issues and imperatives arising from them.
In addressing the mechanisms by which spiritual experiences and spiritual practices affect pain, it becomes apparent that these events engage pathways that can both modulate pain and initiate a var
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