Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor.—Dr Muskin1
acknowledges the importance of involving psychiatrists in the evaluation of
patients requesting physician-assisted suicide, but while he discusses the
significance of the physical pain that often precipitates such requests, he
makes little mention of the role psychiatrists should have in managing this
Muskin appears to believe that nonpsychiatrists involved in the care
of terminally ill patients can be depended on to have the skill to treat pain.
Sadly, multiple studies have shown that many primary care physicians, oncologists,
and surgeons treating these patients receive little education in this area
and often provide inadequate pain management.2,3
King SA. The Role of the Psychiatrist in a Patient's Request to Die. JAMA. 1998;279(17):1346. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-17-jbk0506
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