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

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Tucker, Kathryn L., Medico-Legal Case Report and Commentary: Inadequate Pain Management in the Context of Terminal Cancer - The Case of Lester Tomlinson (September, 24 2008). Pain Medicine, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1272842

Kathryn L. Tucker (Contact Author)

Compassion & Choices ( email )

PO Box 101810
Denver, CO 80250
United States

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