New rules require most American hospitals to measure and record pain as a vital sign. The regulation is designed to address the longstanding criticism that doctors and other health care providers under-treat their patients’ pain. A panel talks about the latest finding on pain management and its role in the treatment of short- and long-term illness.


  • Jim Guest of the American Pain Foundation
  • Susan McBeth Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations
  • Dr. Veronica Mitchell director of pain management services at Georgetown University Hospital

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