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,


About the Author

Karolyn A. Gazella is the publisher of the Natural Medicine Journal and the host of the Natural Medicine Journal Podcast series. She also co-hosts the Five to Thrive Live weekly radio show on the Cancer Support Network, which is also widely available as a podcast. She has been writing and publishing integrative health information since 1992 and is the author or co-author of several books and booklets on a variety of holistic health topics.