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Women’s Perspectives On Provider Education Regarding Opioid Use

Authors Kalinowski J, Wallace BC, Williams NJ, Spruill TM

Received 16 May 2019

Accepted for publication 1 November 2019

Published 9 January 2020 Volume 2020:13 Pages 39—47


Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr E Alfonso Romero-Sandoval

Jolaade Kalinowski,1 Barbara C Wallace,2 Natasha J Williams,1 Tanya M Spruill1

1Department of Population Health, NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA; 2Department of Health Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

Correspondence: Jolaade Kalinowski
NYU School of Medicine, 180 Madison Avenue, 7-21A, New York, NY 10016, USA
Tel +1 646 501-3437

Objective: To elucidate women’s experiences with opioid medications and their perspectives on provider education regarding opioid use, risks and safety.
Methods: Women with a self-reported history of pain who had been prescribed opioids were recruited in 2016 using a convenience sampling approach that included an online social media campaign. Participants (N=154) completed online surveys and open-ended questions regarding their experiences with pain and opioids, and their perspectives on the quality of education they received from their providers.
Results: Participants reported receiving insufficient education about opioid-related side effects, as reflected in both ratings for the quantity and quality of education they received from their providers. Non-white participants reported lower quantity and poorer quality of provider education (p<0.05). Themes identified from the qualitative data included frustrations with pain management options, fear of opioids, stigma associated with opioid use, and the need for improved provider education and patient-provider communication.
Conclusion: Findings suggest that from a patient’s perspective, there is a need for enhanced patient-provider communication and education regarding pain management and potential opioid-related side effects. Improved physician communication and education could promote shared decision-making and result in enhanced satisfaction with care and health outcomes.

Keywords: opioids, pain management, patient-provider communication, women’s health

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