Pain management practices by internal medicine residentsg-a comparison before and after educational and institutional interventions

Emma Scott, Uma Borate, Stephen Heitner, Mark Chaitowitz, William Tester, Glenn Eiger

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We aimed to improve internal medicine residents' deficiencies in pain management and evaluate the effectiveness of our intervention, which included an interactive conference series, e-mail vignettes, and didactic sessions. An anonymous survey was administered at the beginning and at the end of an academic year, before and after the intervention, respectively. We analyzed 65 preintervention and 63 postintervention surveys. Self-perception of competency in pain management increased from 40% to 60% (P =.02). Perception of adequacy of training increased from 38.5% to 55.6% (P =.05). Opioid conversion skills improved by 25% (P =.02). Overall, knowledge did not change significantly, except in the subgroup of residents who had completed the oncology rotation from 0.60 to 0.72 (P =.003). ''Opiophobia'' improved by 20% (P =.05). Documentation of pain improved (rank correlation = 21; P =.02). We concluded that educational and institutional interventions administered over an academic year improved pain management skills and documentation and reduced ''opiophobia'' among residents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)431-439
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes



  • Hospital standards
  • Opioid conversion
  • Opiophobia
  • Pain management
  • Resident education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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