Who Teaches Faculty to Educate Medical Residents About Opioids for Chronic Pain?

PainRelief.com: What should readers take away from your report?

Response: We should focus education efforts in safer opioid prescribing on “training the trainer.”  This requires making sure that practitioners who teach trainee physicians both are highly knowledgeable in opioid prescribing and feel comfortable teaching in this area.

PainRelief.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?

Response: We would recommend studying faculty development programs that include teaching scenarios.  This way, physicians can work on translating their understanding of safer opioid prescribing into digestible knowledge for trainees, who may then incorporate this knowledge into practice.

PainRelief.com: Is there anything else you would like to add?

Response: For more self-guided training in safer opioid prescribing, we recommend accessing the materials from SCOPE of Pain at www.scopeofpain.org .  This study was funded by a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (N01DA-1142).


Pain Med. 2019 Apr 1;20(4):707-716. doi: 10.1093/pm/pny292.

Utilizing a Faculty Development Program to Promote Safer Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain in Internal Medicine Resident Practices.

Roy P1, Jackson AH1, Baxter J2, Brett B3, Winter M4, Hardesty I5, Alford DP1,5.


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