Minimizing Patient Opioid Use in Clinical Practice

An Interview with Standford University Researcher Beth Darnall, PhD

By Karolyn A. Gazella

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Pain management expert Beth Darnall, PhD, discusses a wide variety of issues associated with opioid use, including advice on how practitioners can help their patients transition off their pain medications safely and effectively.
 
Approximate listening time is 27 minutes.
 
 

About the Expert

 
Beth Darnall, PhD, is a clinical associate professor, scientist, and pain psychologist in the Division of Pain Medicine at Stanford University. She specializes in helping people with chronic pain reduce their reliance on opioid medication by optimizing mind-body skills. A main focus of her research is the relationship between psychological stress and pro-inflammatory cytokine responses in women with chronic pain. Darnall was the 2012 President of the Pain Society of Oregon. She serves on the boards of directors of multiple pain organizations and hosts the column, “Ask Dr. Beth, Pain Psychologist,” a regular feature in The National Pain Report webzine. She is also the author of Less Pain, Fewer Pills: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Opioids and Reclaiming Your Control From Chronic Pain, due out in March 2014 from Bull Publishing. For more information visit, www.bethdarnall.com.

About the Author

Karolyn A. Gazella has been writing and publishing integrative health information since 1992. She is the publisher of the Natural Medicine Journal and the author or coauthor of hundreds of articles and several booklets and books including her latest book The Definitive Guide to Thriving After Cancer that she wrote with Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO. Gazella is the co-creator and Chief Executive Officer of the iTHRIVE Plan, an innovative online wellness program specifically for cancer survivors.

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