Year: 2012

Rural Pain Care Challenges

An interview with Michael Schatman, PhD, CPE, Executive Director of the Foundation for Ethics in Pain Care about the challenges of pain care in rural areas.

A Report from PAINWeek 2012

An interview with Kevin L. Zacharoff, MD and licensed anesthesiologist about his reflections from the PAINWeek 2012 national pain conference.

Difficult Conversations about Opioid Medications: Final Thoughts

Undertaking opioid therapy for pain in the primary care setting is not an easy task. For this reason I wrote a series of articles for the PainEDU website covering eight different opioid-related conversations that may arise during an office visit. Without forethought and preparation a clinician may find that these conversations are ‘difficult’ ones to… Read more »

A Urine Screen Comes Back Positive for a Substance You Have Not Prescribed: Difficult Conversations, Part VIII

This is the eighth article in a series of eight articles by Ilene Robeck, M.D. regarding difficult conversations a primary care provider may have when dealing with patients with chronic pain. This series is meant to be a guide for primary care providers facing these situations.  Difficult situation #8: A patient’s urine test comes back… Read more »

When a Patient Appears Intoxicated or Somnolent: Difficult Conversations, Part VII

This is the seventh article in a series of eight articles by Ilene Robeck, M.D. regarding difficult conversations a primary care provider may have when dealing with patients with chronic pain. This series is meant to be a guide for primary care providers facing these situations.  Difficult situation #7: A patient appears to be intoxicated… Read more »

Pediatric Palliative and Hospice Care

I am currently the medical director of a community-based pediatric palliative and hospice care program, Community PedsCare that is the pediatric program of Community Hospice of NE Florida. Due to the success of the Community PedsCare partnership with the Wolfson Children’s Hospital, the inpatient pain and palliative care consult service was developed last year (2010)… Read more »