Pain Management Near the End-of-Life: What Would Mom Want?

ACP Ethics and Professionalism

All physicians have a duty to develop core competencies of primary palliative care: symptom management; patient/family education about this; and communication skills necessary to ensure shared, informed decision-making tailored to the needs and values of the patient.  In this case study, Pain Management Near the End-of-Life: What Would Mom Want?  authors Drs. Eduardo Bruera, Kari Esbensen, and Lois Snyder Sulmasy, JD present a case history and offer commentary on end-of-life care.

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Eduardo Bruera, MD, FACP - Author, Commentary
Kari Esbensen, MD, PhD, FACP – Author, Case History, Commentary
Lois Snyder Sulmasy, JD - Author, Commentary, Editor

Those named above, unless otherwise indicated, have no relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.  All relevant relationships have been mitigated.

Release Date:  January 29, 2024

Expiration Date: January 28, 2027

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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American College of Physicians and Core IM.  The American College of Physicians is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Physicians designates this enduring material (podcast) for .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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