Washington—A series of studies on legal and regulatory issues involved in the management of pain were the focus of a recent press conference here when Sandra H. Johnson, JD, provost of Saint Louis University in Missouri, announced findings published in the winter issue of The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics (1998;26:265-352).
Among the oft-cited—and the more obscure—points Johnson made about treating pain are the following:
"This is not a scientific problem. It's a problem of misguided public policy and misperceptions on the part of physicians and society."
Marwick C. New Advocates of Adequate Treatment Say Have No Fear of Pain or of Prosecution. JAMA. 1999;281(5):406-407. doi:10.1001/jama.281.5.406-JMN0203-4-1