The Right to Pain Relief: Its Origins in End-of-life Care and Extension to Chronic Pain Care

Discussion: The most important consequence of combining the right to pain relief with the titrate-to-effect principle was the idea that a high pain score must not be ignored. This extension of the right to pain relief neglected important differences between end-of-life care and chronic pain care including: time frame, clinical setting and context, target of titration, and nature of iatrogenic harms. To help end our current opioid epidemic and prevent a future epidemic, we need to demedicalize pain and reintegrate it with the rest of human suffering as an experience connected to other personal behaviors and meanings.
Source: The Clinical Journal of Pain - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Review Articles Source Type: research