S5E11: Why is Appropriate and Safe Pain Management Important? with Patrick Coyne

Learn how your healthcare team ensures your safety and helps you meet your treatment goals in our final interview with an international expert on pain management.

This week is part three of our three-part interview series with Patrick Coyne, known worldwide for his expertise in pain management. The focus of this interview is the importance of appropriate and safe pain management. 

Not being in pain is fundamental to having a good quality of life, and this is especially true at the end of life. Effective and compassionate management of pain may reduce complicated grief for loved ones witnessing the death. Successful pain management also has to navigate the barriers that have come into effect to deal with the opioid epidemic. 

In this Episode:

  • 01:45 – A Story Behind Katherine Hepburn’s Famous Brownies
  • 09:54 – Interview: The Importance of Appropriate and Safe Pain Management
  • 29:55 – Outro

What are the Considerations of Appropriate and Safe Pain Management?

In this episode we cover pain management team goals such as using medications as prescribed, managing side effects and ensuring no one else has access, especially with concerns about the opioid epidemic and potential theft.

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Katherine Helpburn in the film Woman of the Year. Follow the link for her brownie recipe.
Cropped publicity still of Katharine Hepburn in the 1942 film Woman of the Year.  (Wikipedia Commons)

Recipe of the Week: Katherine Hepburn’s Favorite Brownies

We tell the story of a interactions of a father and daughter who lived near Ms. Hepburn. The aged actress gave wise advice to the young lady, and to the father…don’t put too much flour in your brownies! She would know, as her brownies became well-known. You can revisit the whole story and get the recipe to make them for yourself here at PBS Food.

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