Freelance medical writer and consultant Beth Dove specializes in the many issues related to pain medicine and addiction prevention. Special interests include risk management in opioid therapy, innovative therapies to treat pain, and the political and social impacts of chronic pain on the lives of patients. From 2003 to 2010, Dove worked full time with noted pain specialist Lynn Webster, MD, with whom she co-authored the book, “Avoiding Opioid Abuse While Managing Pain: A Guide for Practitioners” (Sunrise River Press, 2007). The book addresses the clinical, regulatory, and ethical issues associated with the prescribing of opioid analgesics. It includes step-by-step protocols for assessing patients for the risk of opioid addiction as well as steps for legally protecting the opioid prescriber. Dove has written dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles, textbook chapters, scientific abstracts, continuing medical education (CME) modules, and educational brochures.
Her work has appeared in the AAPM Textbook of Pain Medicine, Pain and Chemical Dependency (textbook), Medscape Today, Pain Medicine, the Journal of Opioid Management, the American Journal of Therapeutics, Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs, Practical Pain Management, and many other publications. Dove served as managing editor for a supplement issue of Pain Medicine journal to address opioid-related overdose deaths. Dove organized the launch of the Utah Academy of Pain Medicine (www.utahpainmed.org), a state chapter of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. The organization seeks to achieve high medical standards, improve access to pain care, and educate all interested parties about the many pain-related scientific and social issues. She also created website, educational, and media materials for the Zero Unintentional Deaths campaign (www.zerodeaths.org), a project of the non-profit organization LifeSource, aimed at reducing harm from pain medications. Dove earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Oklahoma City University and is a member of the American Medical Writers Association.