10:30 – 11:30 a.m. today, Room W311EFGH; 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. today, Room W307ABCD
Orlando-area family physician David Koo, MD, works as a hospitalist at Florida Hospital Waterman. Before that, he was assistant director at Florida Hospital Family Medicine Residency where he served as co-chair of the Pain Management Clinic. Before becoming a family medicine educator, he worked in rural Ohio for 11 years, doing both outpatient and inpatient medicine.
“As family doctors, we are in the perfect position to help our patients with their chronic pain,” he said. “It is a good and noble thing that we do.”
Koo will talk about the 2016 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioid for Chronic Pain.
“This document has garnered a significant amount of controversy partly because people didn’t expect the CDC—which is usually thought of in terms of pertussis or Ebola—to put such a strong position statement on the topic of chronic pain management,” he said.
Koo will review the 12 recommendations from the CDC along with practical tips to help family physicians and patients manage chronic pain safely and effectively.
“Pain management is a tremendously challenging and difficult topic—there are many legal, patient safety, and even physician safety landmines here. I hope that this lecture will help clinicians feel more equipped as they traverse this constantly changing landscape,” he said.
Why this session matters to YOU
Since 1990, there have been over 165,000 deaths from prescription opioid overdose in the United States.
“Many of us have personally seen how opioid abuse has effected the lives of our patients in some very deadly and sad ways,” Koo said. “As family doctors, we need to balance our compassion for helping patients with chronic pain with issues of patient and public safety. It’s a very tricky balance even for those with lots of experience in treating chronic pain.”
Family physicians must stay abreast of the current research and guidelines related to pain management because the pendulum is constantly changing, Koo said.
“Although I don’t agree with everything in the CDC guideline, it is a good reminder of some very important tenants of pain management,” he said. “And in some areas, it has resulted in dramatic changes in the way I manage chronic pain.”