Doctor disciplined for ‘grossly undertreating’ pain
In what seems to be the first such action in the United States, the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners has approved a disciplinary plan for a doctor who “grossly undertreated” pain in six patients between 1993 and 1998.
The board is made up of nine doctors and two public members appointed by the governor of the state of Oregon to oversee the practice of medicine.
Dr Paul Bilder, aged 55, a pulmonary diseases specialist of Roseburg, Oregon, signed a stipulated order approved by the board acknowledging that his treatment of six patients showed unprofessional or dishonourable conduct and gross or repeated acts of negligence.
Dr Bilder must complete a one year “physician's evaluation education renewal” programme and a course on doctor-patient communication. He must also continue meeting with a psychiatrist, who will report to the board for at least a year. Dr Bilder and his lawyer declined to comment.