Medico-Legal Case Report and Commentary: Inadequate Pain Management in the Context of Terminal Cancer - The Case of Lester Tomlinson
Pain Medicine, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2004
6 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2008
Date Written: September, 24 2008
Presented is a review of the pain management provided to an elderly male patient dying of mesothelioma in an acute care hospital and, subsequently, in a nursing home. Discussed are the medico-legal aspects of the case, including the patient's survivors' efforts to hold the treating physicians, hospital, and nursing home accountable for inadequate pain management through complaints submitted to the state medical board, the state department of health services, and the Center for Medicaid/Medicare Services, and in state court.
Keywords: pain, pain management, elder abuse, palliative care, Medicare, Medicaid
JEL Classification: I00, I10, I11, I12, I18, I19, I28, J18, K00, K10, K13, K14, K19, K32, K39
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