No relief in sight: postgraduate training in pain management.
This study investigated training in pain management in postgraduate medical education programs. A mail survey of program directors was conducted, evaluating the format of training in pain management and the self-assessed adequacy of the training. The response rate was 70%, with 188 total respondents. It included all programs in a large Midwestern state, representing most specialties. Just over half of all programs offered any formal training in pain management, and even fewer required it. Less than one quarter required a clinical component to such training. Nonetheless, an overwhelming majority of program directors (85%) rated their training as adequate or excellent. Improvements are clearly needed in postgraduate training in pain management, and external incentives, such as requirements in the accreditation process, will be needed.
Ogle, KS; McElroy, L; Mavis, B
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