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2022 Kaua'i Pain Conference Program

Physician Variability in Pain Decision Making

Mar 4, 2022 8:00am ‐ Mar 4, 2022 8:45am



The adequate management of pain is important from both a physiological and an emotional standpoint. Physician variability in knowledge, attitudes, and goals for pain management may lead to inadequate treatment as well as unnecessary suffering of patients with pain.

The World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. government, professional societies, and a plethora of special interest groups have created a framework for numerous pain-specific educational programs and clinical initiatives targeted to improve both the assessment and management of pain. Significant differences exist in the attitudes of health care professionals regarding the goals and treatment of acute, chronic and cancer pain.

Because perceptions often correlate with behavior, misperceptions regarding the side effects of opioid analgesics may limit a physician’s willingness to provide patients with optimal pain management. These attitudes may determine when, how, why, and what type of analgesic modality a physician may prescribe for the treatment of pain.


  • Dr. Carmen R. Green, MD, Dean of the CUNY School of Medicine (CSOM), The City College of New York

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