Ethical issues in pain management

T. Borneman, Betty Ferrell

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Health care professionals struggle with several ethical issues of pain management. Pain is a uniquely individualized experience, and communication regarding pain creates dilemmas not only for the health care professional, but for the patient and family caregiver as well. Common ethical issues discussed include respect for patient autonomy, fears of drug addiction, patient advocacy for better pain management, moral beliefs, values, and many cultural considerations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)615-628
Number of pages14
JournalClinics in Geriatric Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 16 1996
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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Borneman, T., & Ferrell, B. (1996). Ethical issues in pain management. Clinics in Geriatric Medicine, 12(3), 615-628.