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 Click Here