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Our latest book delves beneath the usual narrative about greedy pharmaceutical companies and lax oversight to explore clinical and cultural misunderstandings of opioids and pain that represent the deep roots of the opioid epidemic.
The Right to Pain Relief and other deep roots of the opioid epidemic
We now understand pain as a medical problem with impersonal and mechanical origins in our body. This has separated pain from the rest of human suffering and laid the basis for a right to pain relief. We have sought to provide that relief through opioid prescriptions. This is based on the mistaken belief that these are targeted “painkillers” that reduce pain but leave the person alone.
Mark Sullivan, MD, PhD is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. He is also Adjunct Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and or Bioethics and Humanities. He is the author of The Patient as Agent of Health and Health Care. He has also written over 300 peer-reviewed articles, many on the interaction of physical health and mental health in patients with chronic illness.
Jane Ballantyne, MD, FRCA is Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Washington. She is Secretary of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and a Section Editor of PAIN.
Dr. Sullivan shares the latest news about pain and health care.
Society for Participatory Medicine blog post
See my blog post for the Society for Participatory Medicine at https://participatorymedicine.org/epatients/2018/01/mark-sullivan-who-gets-to-define-the-clinical-problem.html
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Review from Society for Participatory Medicine (Peter Elias, MD)
The Patient as Agent of Health and Health Care by Mark D Sullivan, an excellent book about the nature of patient-centered care, is not light reading, but…
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Beyond Balance: outpatient opioid taper without pain increase is possible
A summary of our randomized trial of opioid taper support has been posted on the Body In Mind blog edited by Lorimer Moseley. This…
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