Healthcare Practitioners Need Guidance in Working with Chronic Pain Patients

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

September 16th, 2010 • Patient AdvocacyPrint Print

As well-intentioned and well-informed as healthcare practitioners may be, they still may need guidance on physical techniques and bedside manners for working effectively with chronic pain patients — understanding the life context of patients’ pain conditions and the power practitioners have as gatekeepers for patient lives; receiving strategic tips on facilitating successful patient-doctor partnerships, by acting as doceres (teachers); learning how to effectively adapt various methods and styles to patient needs; and understanding how to create healthy relationships and expectations, by being honest about limitations as practitioners and human beings.


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