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September 8, 1999

Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation for Treatment of Low Back Pain

Author Affiliations

Margaret AWinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;282(10):941-942. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-10-jbk0908

To the Editor: The article by Dr Ghoname and colleagues1 includes a long list of contributors, and a reference to "funding/support" for the pilot study by Forest Park Institute for Pain Management, Fort Worth, Tex. The conclusion that PENS was most effective for pain relief was made without reference to the cost of the equipment, who manufactures the equipment, by whom it should be administered, and the cost to the patient for the treatments. What are the financial connections and potential benefits to be derived by the authors and funding supporters for this report? In this case, the reference to funding/support is not at all transparent.