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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. May 2013, Volume 15, Number 5: 399-487.

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May 2013 Contents

Ethics of Pain Measurement and Management

Ethics Poll

The pain rating scale currently in clinical use asks people to rate how they feel from 0 (no pain) to 10, the most intense pain imaginable. Which of the following best expresses what you think about this scale?
A narcotics contract is an agreement signed by a patient with pain and the physicians who is going to prescribe narcotics for that patient. Most narcotics contracts stipulate that the patient can get prescriptions from one physician only and have them filled at one pharmacy only; lost drugs will not be replaced; and some monitoring of drug use by pill count or urine sample will take place. Do you think that narcotics contracts are fair to patients? (Select the best answer.)
Do you think that use of marijuana for treatment of pain should be legal? (Select the best answer.)

From the Editor

Ethical Perspectives on Pain
Bharat Kumar
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:401-402.

Educating for Professionalism

Ethics Cases

Common Misconceptions about Opioid Use for Pain Management at the End of Life
Commentary by Jack M. Berger and Nalini Vadivelu
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:403-409.

Drug Seeking or Pain Crisis? Responsible Prescribing of Opioids in the Emergency Department
Commentary by Pamela L. Pentin
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:410-415.

Use of Narcotics Contracts
Commentary by Kristy Deep
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:416-420.

Medical Education

Undergraduate Medical Education on Pain Management across the Globe
Nalini Vadivelu, Sukanya Mitra, and Roberta L. Hines
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:421-427.

The Code Says

The AMA Code of Medical Ethics’ Opinions on Sedation at the End of Life
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:428-429.

Journal Discussion

Physicians’ Responsibility to Understand Patients’ Pain
Robert Learch and Jeremy Cumberledge
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:430-433.

State of the Art and Science

Long-Term Opioid Treatment
Craig T. Hartrick
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:434-438.

Objectifying Chronic Pain: From the Patient to Diagnostic Metrics
David Borsook
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:439-442.

Law, Policy, and Society

Health Law

Fighting Prescription Drug Abuse with Federal and State Law
Valarie Blake
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:443-448.

Policy Forum

Pain and Ethnicity
Ronald Wyatt
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:449-454.

Medicine and Society

Chronic Pain Patients and the Biomedical Model of Pain
Gillian Bendelow
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:455-459.

History, Art, and Narrative

Images of Healing and Learning

Pain and the Paintbrush: The Life and Art of Frida Kahlo
Fernando Antelo
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:460-465.

Op-Ed and Correspondence

Op-Ed

Medicinal Cannabis and Painful Sensory Neuropathy
Igor Grant
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:466-469.

Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:470-484.

About the Contributors
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:485-487.