Our Preamble

We Stand by These Principles:

  1.  It is the most basic human right that no one should be left to suffer in pain. To deny pain care is tantamount to torture.

    “Freedom from pain, to the extent achievable, is the most fundamental of all human rights. Withholding or withdrawing readily available and effective pain treatment from a person suffering Intractable Pain is equivalent to the commission of torture.”

  2. The relief of pain and suffering is essential, so that all patients can have function and quality of life.

  3. All health practitioners should follow the World Health Organization (WHO) Three Step Analgesic Ladder for relief of pain. Use whatever it takes to give relief, including opioid medications when indicate.

  4. Pain relief must be such as to bring about normal physiological functioning which includes homeostasis of endocrine, cardio, immunological, respiratory, gastrointestinal systems, along with improvements in the activities of daily living.

  5. Health practitioners must follow their Federal and State regulations and guidelines.

  6. We believe in the definition of Palliative Care as described by the World Health Organization.

  7. Specialty Care: The vast majority of patients can be taken care of by their local health practitioners. Every community must have a specialist trained to treat the most severe intractable pain patients.

  8. All treatments including those that are prescription, on label or off label, should be given with informed consent.

  9. Severe, Intractable, centralized pain patients should have access to a local physician who will provide adequate pain relief over a life-time in a similar fashion to other severe chronic diseases.

  10. We believe it is against a physician’s Hippocratic oath of “to do no harm”, and the “4 principles of medical ethics,”  to deprive patients of treatment that provides relief of pain which includes physiological and psychological homeostasis.

The four principles are of Medical Ethics that are universally recognized are:

1.” Respect for autonomy– the patient has the right to refuse or choose their treatment. (Voluntas aegroti suprema lex.)

2. Beneficence– a practitioner should act in the best interest of the patient. (Salus aegroti suprema lex.)

3. Non-maleficence – to not be the cause of harm. Also, “Utility” – to promote more good than harm

4. Justice– concerns the distribution of scarce health resources, and the decision of who gets what treatment (fairness and equality). (Iustitia.)” (1)

(1)Wikipedia, Medical Ethics. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_ethics

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