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Pain is the Fifth Vital Sign

Posted by Hospice by the Bay on Mon December 28, 2015 in Talking About Hospice

A well-meaning retired physician and husband of a patient with bone cancer vents his frustration, “My wife is no wimp. We’ve managed all right until recently, but now she’s crying, complaining of unbearable pain, even as I keep increasing her morphine… What’s going on!”

So many misconceptions and misinformation about palliative and hospice care still need to be addressed and understood by the general population. In her well-written Huff Post “Post 50” blog, “Doesn’t Hospice Really Kill People?“, Susan R. Dolan, RN, JD addresses several key issues that demonstrate the importance of expert pain management as performed by hospice care teams.

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