Curbside Consults Podcast
In this episode of Curbside Consults, we continue our exploration of the prescription and use of opioids in the treatment of chronic pain. We hear a patient’s point of view, exploring how a patient with chronic pain manages his relationship with his provider, pharmacy, and society. In a previous episode of this two-part series, we examined case scenarios about worrisome opioid use and discussed how clinicians can manage their feelings during these difficult patient visits. This discussion is based on the NEJM Knowledge+ module on Pain Management and Opioids, available free at knowledgeplus.nejm.org.
0:00 – Introduction preamble
0:59 – Introduction of panelists
1:49 – Chronic pain: the patient experience
3:24 – Prescribing opioids safely to patients who need them
5:14 – Obstacles in the patient–physician relationship and chronic pain
8:11 – Optimizing opioid dosing with chronic pain
9:41 – Pseudo-opioid resistance and physician trust
12:59 – The fear of losing your primary provider
14:20 – Can knowing too much hurt you?
17:49 – Final thoughts: patient perspective
19:28 – Final thoughts: physician perspective
20:03 – Outro
The information in this podcast is based on the NEJM Knowledge+ module on Pain Management and Opioids.
The Curbside Consults series complements the foundational information in Rotation Prep by taking a deep dive into key clinical topics with expert clinicians and educators. These podcasts explore and critique the evidence behind clinical practice and break down statistical concepts for the busy clinical trainee.