Ethics and Undertreatment of Pain in Patients with a History of Drug Abuse

Ethics and Undertreatment of Pain in Patients with a History of Drug Abuse

Identification: MSNN1501
Issue: January/February 2015
Volume: Volume 24 - Number 1
Credits (Post Test and/or Evaluation Required)
Available until 02/28/2017
  • 1.30 - CH
  • 0.00 - Rx


Contact hours available until 2/28/2017.

Requirements for Successful Completion:
Complete the learning activity in its entirety and complete the online CNE evaluation.
Authors Conflict of Interest Disclosure:
The authors, editor, and education director reported no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this continuing nursing education article.
Commercial Support and Sponsorship:
No commercial support or sponsorship declared.
Accreditation Statement:
This educational activity is jointly provided by Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. (AJJ) and AMSN.
Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC-COA)
Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered nursing, Provider Number, CEP 5387.
The purpose of this continuing nursing education article is to increase nurses’ and other health care professionals’ awareness of the ethics surrounding the treatment of patients in pain who have a history of drug abuse. After studying the information presented in this article, you will be able to:
1. Define tolerance, physical dependence, addiction, and pseudoaddiction.
2. Discuss the ethical considerations surrounding pain management in patients with a history of substance abuse.
3. Explain autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice in health care.

Credits Available

Expired On: Feb 28, 2017