Medical students' attitudes toward pain and the use of opioid analgesics: implications for changing medical school curriculum.

@article{Weinstein2000MedicalSA,
  title={Medical students' attitudes toward pain and the use of opioid analgesics: implications for changing medical school curriculum.},
  author={Sharon M. Weinstein and Lila F. Laux and John Thornby and Ronald Lorimor and C. Stratton Hill and Darryl Thorpe and Joseph M. Merrill},
  journal={Southern medical journal},
  year={2000},
  volume={93 5},
  pages={472-8}
}
BACKGROUND Barriers to pain management include physicians' lack of knowledge and attitudes. Our aim was to investigate future physicians' knowledge and attitudes toward pain and the use of opioid analgesics. METHODS We tested a medical school class during their freshman and senior years. Stepwise regression analysis was used to identify the personal traits that predicted opiophobia. RESULTS The professionalization process of medical training may reinforce negative attitudes. Psychologic… CONTINUE READING

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