Physicians have had relatively little formal training in pain management and palliative care. For this reason, a telephone consultation service was offered, the physicians’ palliative care pain hotline, that would allow physicians to call a toll-free number and, within 15 minutes, speak to a board-certified physician in hospice and palliative medicine. To our knowledge, this is the first program of its kind. This article describes the process involved in creating such a pain hotline and reports on some data collected on its use in the first 10 months. This report should help others who have an interest in establishing a similar program.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine|
|State||Published - Jan 2000|
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