The importance of clinician-patient communication

Managing discussions with patients about clinical drug monitoring is challenging. To help you understand one way to engage your patients, Jeff Gudin, MD, presents a video series of simulated clinician-patient dialogues that show how you can confidently speak with your patients about clinical drug monitoring and how to communicate results.

Included in this video series is an overview of the why, how, who, and what to test for that addresses the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for clinical drug monitoring for chronic pain patients as an important way to help improve patient safety and promote compliance.


1. Why Every Clinician Needs to Integrate Clinical Drug Monitoring into their Practice

Drug testing should be used as part of a universal risk management strategy and a protocol that needs to be implemented into the standard treatment plan for any patient you are prescribing or managing with controlled medications.

This video will review the why, how, who, and what to test for of clinical drug monitoring, in accordance with recommendations from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


2. How to Set the Stage for a Clinical Drug Monitoring Program with Your Patient

Patients may be initially sensitive to the concept of drug testing, but knowing how to introduce the concept as part of an overall treatment plan will ease the process for you and your staff.

The conversation presented herein is simulated based on clinical experience.


3. How to Share Clinical Drug Monitoring Results with Your Patient

Communicating results with your patients can be a difficult conversation—but is an essential component of any treatment plan to help you and your patients make more informed decisions to control a patient’s pain in the safest way possible.

The conversation presented herein is simulated based on clinical experience.

 
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Jeff Gudin, MD

Dr. Gudin is board-certified in pain medicine, anesthesiology, addiction medicine, and hospice/palliative medicine, and is a medical acupuncturist. He is currently the Director of Pain and Palliative Care at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in New Jersey, a consultant to Quest Diagnostics and analgesic pharmaceutical companies, and the Co-Editor-at-Large of Practical Pain Management.