Author | Barry A. Eagel, MD


Extra Care Required When Making Opioid Conversions

October 01, 1999

VIENNA, Austria-Since most palliative care pain patients will require one or more changes in drugs due to inadequate pain relief, “physicians caring for terminally ill patients must be familiar with multiple drugs and routes of delivery,” Eduardo Bruera, MD, chairman of the Pain Department, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, said at the 9th World Congress on Pain, sponsored by the International Association for the Study of Pain.

‘Medical School Curriculum Must Include Palliative Care’

January 01, 1999

BETHESDA, Md-Studies in end-of-life care must be introduced into the standard medical school curriculum, David E. Weissman, MD, of the Medical College of Wisconsin, said at the First International Conference on Research in Palliative Care, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the US Cancer Pain Relief Committee. “They don’t know what they don’t know,” Dr. Weissman said in his presentation on the need to change palliative care practice in academic medical centers.

Use Special Skills, Tools to Assess Pain in Children, Elderly

December 01, 1998

BETHESDA, Md-Children and elderly people with pain present special problems in assessing the presence and causes of pain and other symptoms, as well as determining treatment efficacy, two pain specialists said at the 1st International Conference on Research in Palliative Care, held at the NIH.

Many Factors Are Involved in Measuring Patients’ Satisfaction

November 01, 1998

BETHESDA, Md--"Patient satisfaction" is one measure used to assess the need for quality improvements in the hospital setting. However, since "satisfaction" is a personal evaluation by the patient of health services or providers, the parameters being measured may vary widely