The Curbsiders Internal Medicine Podcast
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Join The Curbsiders, three clinician-educator board-certified Internists from San Antonio, Texas, as they interview ("curbside") expert guests about hot topics in Internal Medicine to bring you clinical pearls and practice changing knowledge.
Most Recent Episode
Use more opioids?! How to treat noncancer pain in the elderly.
2 days ago
Summary: Treating persistent pain in the elderly can be...painful. On this episode Matt and Paul interview Dr. Marissa Galicia-Castillo, a Professor of Geriatrics from Eastern Virginia Medical School board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Hospice/Palliative Medicine. Are we being too stingy with opioid prescriptions? How do you assess and treat pain in patients with advanced dementia? We’ve got your answers. Clinical Pearls: Persistent pain in the elderly is underrecognized and undertreated Nonpharmacologic therapy is still first line (get off the couch!) Scheduled acetaminophen is a valid first line Consider low dose oxycodone IR as a second line (assuming NSAIDS contraindicated) Diversion of medication by family members is a concern and may cause treatment failure Opiates can be a great tool. Don’t be afraid to use them with careful patient selection. Follow quality of life and functional status as your end points for pain control. Pain in cognitively impaired may present as behavior problems. Treat the pain and treat the behavior. Disclosures: Dr. Galicia-Castillo reports no relevant financial disclosures. Learning objectives: By the end of this podcast listeners will be able to: Recognize that pain in the elderly is often underrecognized and undertreated. Recognize the signs and symptoms of pain in patients with cognitive impairment. Utilize opiates safely and effectively for the management of noncancer pain in the elderly Formulate a basic therapeutic approach to noncancer pain utilizing nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic therapy Links from the show: