FAER  |   November 2018
FAER … and Ethics
Author Affiliations
  • James C. Eisenach, M.D.
    President and CEO, FAER
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Critical Care / Education / CPD / Ethics / Medicolegal Issues / FAER
FAER   |   November 2018
FAER … and Ethics
ASA Monitor 11 2018, Vol.82, 62-64.
ASA Monitor 11 2018, Vol.82, 62-64.
John Bonica’s assertions that pain is a “fundamental element of human suffering” and that pain relief is a basic human right underscore the overall ethical foundations of medicine, which both motivate and complicate our specialty’s mission to alleviate suffering.1  This assertion epitomizes the principle of the ethical foundations of medicine and alleviation of suffering that is both a focus in and complication of anesthesiology. The solution to some pain might not be legal, available or discovered. When problems arise, anesthesiologists must maintain ethical responsibilities to their patients, colleagues, health care facilities, themselves and their communities. The opioid crisis is a striking example of how anesthesiologists addressed an ethical problem; people living and dying with pain, participated in creation of the devastating consequences of overuse of opioids and are now leading the effort to strike the appropriate balance. FAER aims to support young investigators who will, during their careers, advance the ethical practice of medicine and some of our awardees specifically investigate ethical issues regarding pain management in global health and palliative care. Here we highlight a couple of them.
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