Upon completion of this learning activity, participants should be able to
(1)Describe the percent of clinicians who did not feel confident managing chronic pain
Many providers report lack of confidence in managing patients with chronic pain.
The primary aim of this study was to investigate the associations of provider confidence in managing chronic pain with their practice behaviors and demographics.
The primary outcome measure was the results of the Opioid Therapy Provider Survey, which was administered to clinicians attending a pain-focused continuing medical education conference. Nonparametric correlations were assessed using Spearman’s rho.
The majority (60.8%) did not feel confident managing patients with chronic pain. Confidence in managing chronic pain was positively correlated with
Provider confidence was negatively correlated with the perception that treating pain patients was a “problem in my practice” (P = 0.005).
The majority of providers did not feel confident managing chronic pain.
However, provider confidence was associated with a protocolized and consistent practice-based approach towards managing opioids and the perceived ability to identify patients at risk for opioid misuse.
Future studies should investigate whether provider confidence is associated with measurable competence & explore approaches to enhance appropriate levels of confidence in their chronic pain management abilities.