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Ensuring Effective Pain Treatment: A National and Global Perspective

4 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2008  

Allyn L. Taylor

Georgetown University Law Center

Lawrence O. Gostin

Georgetown University - Law Center - O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

Katrina A. Pagonis

Hamline University School of Law

Abstract

Medical availability of effective pain medication is vitally important domestically and globally. Medical advances have substantially improved the technical capacity to control pain and diminish its consequences. Worldwide, millions of persons with chronic, acute, and terminal conditions have found relief from excruciating pain through medical intervention. However, richer countries have disproportionately benefited from improvements in access to and use of pain medication. The tragedy is that for most of the world's population, particularly persons in poorer countries, effective pain control is entirely unavailable.

Keywords: pain relief, medication, pharmaceuticals

Suggested Citation

Taylor, Allyn L. and Gostin, Lawrence O. and Pagonis, Katrina A., Ensuring Effective Pain Treatment: A National and Global Perspective. JAMA, Vol. 299, p. 89, 2008; Georgetown University/O'Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law Scholarship Research Paper No. 10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1269508

Allyn L. Taylor (Contact Author)

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Lawrence O. Gostin

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Katrina A. Pagonis

Hamline University School of Law ( email )

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