Margaret AWinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor
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
Kaplan EA. Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation for Treatment of Low Back Pain. JAMA. 1999;282(10):941–942. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-10-jbk0908
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