Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: The Joint Commission on Accreditation
of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) pain management standards, as outlined
in the Medical News and Perspectives by Mr Phillips,1
are flawed. In allowing treatment of chronic nonmalignant pain to be included
as a "patients' rights" issue, physicians may be pressured to prescribe opiates
in cases in which this is inappropriate.
Hansen G. Assessment and Management of Pain. JAMA. 2000;284(18):2317-2318. doi:10.1001/jama.284.18.2317