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I always thought something was fishy the way hospitals were mandated by JACHO to make pain a priority. My Admission assessment have an entire tedious section devoted to pain. It asks whether the pt experienced pain within the last three months. It seems determined to find pain that requires treatment. Then we also have a two hour round form that compels us to ask about pain. We also screen for pain with vital signs. There are admission and discharge pain literature that have to be completed and given to the pt. Needless to say a lot of pts are addicted to pain meds. They even admit to as much. Doctors are routinely reported for not adequately treating pt's pain. I have heard pts tell the doctor they want a pain med they saw advertising on tv. All this give the upperhand to pts seeking pain meds, because pain is subjective (though I have heard a fed up doctor tell a narc seeker that she was not in pain). Not enough is being done to educate pts on the risks of these highly addictive meds (14,800 overdose deaths in 2008, more than heroine and cocaine combined!). I have also witnessed pt's become addicted before my eyes because they were not aware of the potency of these drugs that some doctors frivolously prescribe.
So JACHO a private non profit is linked with other so-called pain advocacy groups for investigation into improper dealings with big pharma in regards to opioids. My bet is that money was changing hands, as always.