Friday, May 02, 2008

Hospitalists and drug seekers

Despite evidence to the contrary, popular pain management dogma holds that narcotic addiction is rare among patients with chronic pain and that most patients who send up the red flags of drug seeking are really suffering from “pseudoaddiction.”

Most hospitalists, though, know that they are likely to encounter drug seeking behavior. Here’s an article in Today’s Hospitalist with some tips on how to deal with the problem.

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