The Tyranny of “Shoulds”: Challenges for the Pain Practitioner

Author: Steven D. Passik

Must opioid therapy work for everyone to be a valid part of the treatment armamentarium? Dr. Passik considers some of the consequences of “absolutist thinking” that are leading members of the pain community to unnecessarily harsh self-judgements. The opioid abuse epidemic is real, but so are the needs of people with pain. All stakeholders have responsibilities if we are to realize a better state of affairs in pain management.

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