PainRelief.com Interview with:
Payel Roy, MD
Section of General Internal Medicine
Department of Medicine
Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center
PainRelief.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: Given the current opioid crisis, we know how important it is to educate physicians-in-training in safer opioid prescribing. But we can’t educate them properly if their faculty mentors don’t feel comfortable prescribing opioids themselves. Our study evaluated a program designed to improve faculty physicians’ comfort in prescribing opioids safely and teaching these practices to trainee physicians.
We found that faculty development programs can improve their confidence in prescribing opioids safely and teaching their trainees about prescribing, however translating these attitudes into teaching practice remains a challenge.