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Chicago—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.
Phillips DM. JCAHO Pain Management Standards Are Unveiled. JAMA. 2000;284(4):428-429. doi:10.1001/jama.284.4.423b