Nursing home patients not getting adequate pain managment.

This article talks about the problem getting adequate pain management for the people in nursing homes.  This has been a problem for a long time, with most doctors not willing to treat pain due to lack of education in that area and fear of the government.  Granted, pain management must be done carefully in this population because of the combination of other diseases, the acumulation of the drugs in the system from kidney insufficiency, and side effects of the medication.  But not treating is not an option.  Having taken care of a nursing home population for 2 years, I can attest to the improvement in function, attitude, and quality of life once pain was addressed and dealt with.  Don’t wait for it to be your mother, father or other loved one.  The attacks on physicians across the United States for treating pain is getting more and more financing from the politicians.  Get active and stop this or the next person not getting treatment might be you.


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