chapter  15
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Unrelieved Pain: The Role of the Physician

As discussed earlier (Chapter 13), studies concerning the ability of persons in pain to receive adequate relief consistently demonstrate inap­ propriate physician prescribing patterns resulting in needless pain and discomfort. For many people, daily functioning is severely impaired as well as their interpersonal relationships with family and friends. There are a variety of reasons why physicians may not prescribe sufficient analgesic medications (Table 15.1). Each must be addressed if the physician’s ability to relieve pain is to be maximized.