Ethical Challenges and Interventional Pain Medicine
“The relief of suffering and the cure of disease must be seen as twin obligations of a medical profession that is truly dedicated to the care of the sick. Physicians’ failure to understand the nature of suffering can result in medical intervention that (though technically adequate) not only fails to relieve suffering but becomes a source of suffering itself.”
—Eric J. Cassel 
We must abandon those orientations that treat pain as an object independently of the being that it affects.
—Giordano and Schatman 
Early in their professional careers, virtually all physicians endeavor to practice medicine in an ethical manner motivated by a desire to help patients. It is also clear that a significant proportion of individuals and organizations involved in the delivery of health care in this country are centrally motivated by financial concerns. Our fee-for-service reimbursement system compensates for “doing things” to patients. Because of this, great attention must be applied to assure...
KeywordsProfessionalism Medical ethics Anesthesia ethics Fee-for-service medicine Interventional pain practice Evidence-based medicine Ethical principles
The authors wish to thank James Rathmell for his input.
No potential conflicts of interest relevant to this article were disclosed.
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