The purpose of this session is to discuss the population-level clinical, economic, and patient-centered dimensions of pain, pain management, and substance abuse or misuse. Physical dependence, tolerance, and addiction will be defined. The causes and consequences of acute, cancer-related, and chronic noncancer pain, as well as substance misuse and abuse will be addressed, as will potential effects of public policy to reduce analgesic abuse.
Instructional Strategy: Lecture/Discussion, 2.5 hours
Author: Scott Strassels, MD
School: Ohio State University
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