Listening to Pain: A Physicians Guide to Improving Pain Management Through Better Communication

Paperback | March 8, 2012

byScott M. Fishman

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In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Fishman shows how communicating better with patients about their pain can help physicians create safer and more effective treatment strategies. Listening to Pain offers physicians a wealth of practical guidance about asking the right questions and assessingpatient responses, including:-What questions to ask pain patients when they first present with pain.-Using functional goals as outcome measures.-Educating patients about the risks and benefits of treatment.-Documenting patient consent and compliance with treatment regimens.-How to manage difficult patients.

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In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Fishman shows how communicating better with patients about their pain can help physicians create safer and more effective treatment strategies. Listening to Pain offers physicians a wealth of practical guidance about asking the right questions and assessingpatient responses, including:-What questions to...

Scott M. Fishman, M.D. is a leading pain medicine clinician, teacher, researcher, and writer. He is President and Chairman of the American Pain Foundation and Past President of the American Academy of Pain Medicine as well as Professor and Chief of the Division of Pain Medicine at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:March 8, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199891982

ISBN - 13:9780199891986

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Healing Art of Communication1. Asking the Right QuestionsStep 1: Slow DownStep 2: Focus on the Whole Patient, Not Just the PainStep 3: Use Reflective Listening SkillsThe Importance of Taking a Comprehensive HistoryFocusing on FunctionThe Balancing Act of Compassion and Vigilance2. Focusing on FunctionThe Myth of Zero PainA Different ApproachMonitoring Functional Changes"Universal Precautions" in Pain Management3. Keeping Track of TreatmentWhy Documentation is a Doctor's (and Patient's) Best FriendElements of Effective DocumentationAssessmentPatient Education About Risks and Benefits of TherapyPhysician-Patient Treatment AgreementsMonitoring Functional Progress, Adherence, and Adverse EventsModifying Treatments Over Time4. Dealing With Difficult PatientsThe Sources of Aberrant BehaviorsManaging Aberrant Patient BehaviorCoping With Specific Aberrant BehaviorsTerminating a RelationshipThe Rewards of Perseverance5. Physician SurvivalAppendix: Resources for Pain ManagementAcknowledgmentsAbout the Author