March 2011

Deciding When and Where the Journey Ends

August 22, 2011

Cover Story

Surveys indicate that the American public's attitude may be shifting toward supporting patients' right to die and to seek out physician-assisted suicide. Polls of physicians reveal that the profession remains split on this issue.

Opioid Addiction and Dependence: PAs want to provide hospice care, prescribe buprenorphine

August 22, 2011

Opioid addiction and dependence

As part of the American Academy of Physician Assistants' (AAPA) Leadership Forum, 200 physicians assistants took to Capitol Hill to drum up support among members of Congress for "removal of barriers for PAs" that AAPA believes will help their members "meet the demands of a 21st century health care system."

Clinical Challenges of Treating Breakthrough Cancer Pain

August 22, 2011

Cancer pain

Despite the availability of several effective treatment options, including well-tolerated fentanyl products, researchers report that breakthrough cancer pain continues to be underrecognized and undertreated.

Unexplained Chronic Pain and Psychiatric Disorders in Children

July 13, 2011

Pediatric pain medicine

Research shows that psychiatric morbidity is common in children with unexplained chronic pain. A comprehensive work-up that includes structured interviews with the child and parent, as well as clinical observation and interview of the child by a pediatric psychiatrist, is important to creating a complete diagnostic picture and identifying children who are at risk for treatable psychiatric disorders.