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How and When You Should Get a Pain Medicine Consult and What You Should Ask—Establishing Treatment Goals 

How and When You Should Get a Pain Medicine Consult and What You Should Ask—Establishing Treatment Goals
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How and When You Should Get a Pain Medicine Consult and What You Should Ask—Establishing Treatment Goals
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Abdul Kanu

and Ellen Rosenquist

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199349302.003.0007
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date: 18 August 2019

The chapter examines the role of the pain medicine specialist for the hospitalized chronic pain patient. Pain specialists serve as consultants to hospitalists and other specialists in terms of approaching patients with acute on chronic pain and managing it in the hospital setting. It is important to understand the scope of training and expertise of a consulting pain provider so that there is a match between the patient’s needs and the provider’s expertise. Typically, if the initial upward titration of pain medications failed to control acute pain in a patient with chronic pain, then a chronic pain service should be consulted. It is essential that the primary physician be familiar with the general principles of operation of implantable devices and with the initial management of common complications related to their use.

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