Physicians Struggle to Determine Legitimacy of Patient Pain ComplaintsWritten by Rachel Fields | July 06, 2011
Physicians often struggle to determine whether patients who seek pain medication are exaggerating their symptoms, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Despite decades of research, the report says physicians have few tools to measure pain objectively. Patients are usually asked to rate the pain on a scale from one to 10 or indicate their pain level based on a series of cartoon faces escalating from discomfort to severe pain.
Read the full story on prescribing pain medication at Becker's ASC Review.
Read the Wall Street Journal report on pain medication.
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