The Importance of Pain Management Education for Patients

Strategies to Manage Patient Expectations

Physicians are often challenged by unrealistic patient expectations regarding chronic pain1.

Without the proper type of patient communication, planning and education, some patients request escalating doses of prescription medications to manage pain, creating a risk of long-term substance abuse. It is important that physicians create and manage expectations around patient treatment outcomes.

The article, Patient Expectations vs. Reality in Pain Management, by Board Certified Anesthesiologist and Pain Medicine expert Dr. John DiMuro highlights:

  • New guidelines to vet patients for proper treatment
  • Evidence-based diagnosis to help patients have reasonable expectations
  • Steps to ensure patients are educated about their treatment


1. Galer B, Schwartz L, Turner J. Do Patient and Physician Expectations Predict Response to Pain-Relieving Procedures? Clinical Journal of Pain. December 1997 – Volume 13 – Issue 4 – pp 348-351

John M. DiMuro D.O., M.B.A.

Dr. John DiMuro is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist and Pain Medicine expert who specializes in advanced interventional pain treatments for all types of pain conditions. He has an M.B.A. in health care management from St. Joseph's University. He was chief resident during his Anesthesiology residency at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. prior to completing a pain medicine fellowship at the world-renowned Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He continues to work in private practice and lectures nationally.

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