High-Tech Comfort: Ethical Issues in Cancer Pain Management for the 1990s
Ferrell, Betty R.
Journal of Clinical Ethics. 1991 Summer; 2(2): 108-112.
Pain is a significant problem disturbing the overall quality of life of 50 to 80 percent of cancer patients. Pain interrupts physical and psychological well-being, interferes with role function and relationships, and is related to other physical symptoms....Pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions are available to treat pain, yet is is estimated that for 80 percent of patients with pain, their pain is not well controlled....As we enter this new era of high-tech pain management, it is timely that we evaluate the technology and examine the associated ethical issues. It is important to explore the problems encountered with pain at home, decisions related to those problems, and ethical dilemmas associated with the decisions by health-care providers, caregivers, and patients.
Autonomy; Beneficence; Biomedical Technologies; Cancer; Caregivers; Costs and Benefits; Consent; Decision Making; Disclosure; Double Effect; Drugs; Economics; Education; Entrepreneurship; Family Members; Health; Home Care; Hospitals; Informed Consent; Justice; Life; Medical Devices; Moral Policy; Morbidity; Mortality; Nurses; Pain; Patient Care; Patients; Physicians; Quality of Life; Resource Allocation; Review; Risks and Benefits; Selection for Treatment; Standards; Suffering; Surgery; Technology; Technology Assessment; Terminal Care; Terminally Ill;
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Ferrell, Betty R.; Rhiner, Michelle (1991)Pain is a significant problem disturbing the overall quality of life of 50 to 80 percent of cancer patients. Pain interrupts physical and psychological well-being, interferes with role function and relationships, and is ...