Educational programs to minimize acute postoperative pain are endorsed by the American Pain Society, the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists. The focus of educational curriculum is variable and both patient and situation specific but should address reasonable post-operative expectations, alleviate anxiety and provide specific instructions on chronic medication management prescribed for other co-morbidities. Continued focused efforts are needed to best delineate educational content and methods of teaching for optimal patient care.
KeywordsPatient education Health literacy Preoperative assessment
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