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Patient Perspective: A Thousand Knives

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While the fundamentals of pain management should clearly include education on pain mechanisms and appropriate assessment, of equal importance is taking a “whole patient” approach and holding empathy and remaining in the patient’s corner when diagnosis and management get complicated. We interviewed Teresa to hear about her experience finding a supportive provider and resources that have been integral in her pain management journey.

Released: November 18, 2022



Teresa Shaffer

Teresa Shaffer


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Provided by Clinical Care Options, LLC, and in partnership with the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Alliance to Advance Comprehensive Integrative Pain Management, Practicing Clinicians Exchange, and ProCE.

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This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from the Opioid Analgesic REMS Program Companies. Please see this link for a listing of REMS Program Companies. This activity is intended to be fully compliant with the Opioid Analgesic REMS education requirements issued by the FDA.

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Alliance to Advance Comprehensive Integrative Pain Management

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Primary Author

Teresa Shaffer,


Teresa Shaffer has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.