Tag: patient-provider communication

Effectively Communicating Medication Benefits and Risks – Are We Getting Better?

At a time of ever-ratcheting concern about the safety of our food and the appropriate, safe use of prescription drugs, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has moved forward in the past with a number of initiatives to better protect public health. Among them are efforts that are likely to impact how pharmaceutical companies help… Read more »

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 »

Early Requests for Medication Refill: Difficult Conversations, Part VI

This is the sixth 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 #6: A patient requests a medication refill… Read more »

Urgent Calls and Unscheduled Visits: Difficult Conversations, Part V

This is the fifth 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 #5: A patient encounters an urgent problem… Read more »

Reports of Lost or Stolen Medications: Difficult Conversations, Part IV

This is the fourth 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 #4: A patient reports their pain medication… Read more »

Reducing Reliance on Pharmacologic Treatment: Difficult Conversations, Part III

This is the first 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 #3: Finding a better way to communicate… Read more »

Problematic Behavior: Difficult Conversations, Part II

This is the second 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 #2: A patient’s behavior becomes increasingly irritable,… Read more »

The Role of the Patient-Health Care Provider Relationship in Chronic Pain Management

The key to understanding patients’ needs for pain management is context. The tool to help achieve that understanding is communication. It is becoming more widely accepted that the Medical Home is an important foundation of effective and concerted medical care. Further, an effective relationship between health care providers in Primary Care (PCPs) and their patients is recognized as a critical… Read more »