Podcast 666: Pain Management & Patient Perspective


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Contributor: Jared Scott, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • About ½ of the patients in the ED present with some form of pain
  • One study looked at patients presenting in pain and followed up two days after discharge to determine if their pain was addressed, asking if the patient received anything for pain and if the patient refused pain medication
  • Non-analgesic pain management: About 30% discordance between patient reports and documentation
  • Conventional analgesic pain management: About 15% discordance between patient reports and documentation


Taylor DM, Valentine S, Majer J, Grant N. Discordance between patient-reported and actual emergency department pain management. Emerg Med Australas. 2020 Nov 22. doi: 10.1111/1742-6723.13690. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33225600.

Summarized by John Spartz, MS3 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD

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