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.