Ethical Issues – Pain Management

Ethical Issues – Pain Management

  • Fear of hastening death by administering analgesics 
  • Requests for assisted suicide
  • Use of placebo in pain assessment and treatment
  • Gerontologic consideration
    • Persistent pain is a problem associated with physical disability and psychosocial problems
    • 50% to 80% of older adults are estimated to have chronic pain problems
    • Most common painful conditions
      • Musculoskeletal 
        • Osteoarthritis 
        • Low back pain
    • Chronic pain often results in 
      • Depression
      • Sleep disturbance
      • Decreased mobility 
      • Decreased health care utilization 
      • Physical and social role dysfunction.