American Medical Association Recommends Dropping Pain as a Vital Sign

June 23rd, 2016

ama-logoDuring the annual meeting of the American Medical Association in Chicago, delegates passed several resolutions aimed at reducing opioid prescribing and increasing access to addiction treatment. Among these was a recommendation to drop pain as a vital sign, citing pain as a symptom and not a vital sign and current pain management standards have contributed to opioid over-prescribing. The recommendation was met with some concern regarding the impact on the overall quality of pain care.

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