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Compassion Looks for Examples of Poor Pain Management

August 1998

When pain is part of a terminal illness, people need and deserve effective relief. And no one should have to seek a hastened death because of inadequately treated pain.

Medical licensing boards tell us they never hear about cases of poor pain management. We are determined to change this and increase awareness of the problem in the medical community.

Therefore we are interested in finding cases in which pain at the end of life went untreated or was poorly treated. Compassion assists families who believe their loved one suffered needlessly. We provide free review of the case from both a clinical and legal perspective. When care is deficient we assist the family in obtaining a formal review and professional accountability. We believe professional accountability is an effective way to change medicine's attitude about pain management.

If you know of such a case, please contact Compassion's Director of Legal Affairs, Kathryn Tucker at 206/323-2952 or E-mail: ktucker@compassionindying.org.

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This article was provided by Compassion in Dying. It is a part of the publication Compassion in Dying.
 

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