California docs soon will be required to take pain management CME

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In part due to the abusive prescribing habits of some doctors outlined in this article from signsonSanDiego, California soon will require its doctors to take CME in pain management. "By 2006, all doctors in the state must prove they have taken a continuing education course in pain management before their licenses can be renewed."

That could help with the incompetence angle, but that s only one of the top three reasons docs overprescribe pain meds, it says. The other two are greed and deception, and I don t know of any CME activity that can change those behaviors once they re ingrained--that goes more to character than education.

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