1 Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Community and Geriatric Research Center, National Taiwan University Hospital, Bei-Hu Branch, Taipei, Taiwan
2Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, National Taiwan University College of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan
3 Center for Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Wang-Fang Hospital, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan
4Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Yeungnam University College of Medicine, Daegu, Korea
55 Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Hacettepe University Medical School, Ankara, Turkey
This article explores ChatGPT’s potential in pain medicine by using its vast knowledge to aid physicians
in decision-making, generating progress notes, and academic writing. However, it is not a substitute for
professional medical advice. Using ChatGPT as a supplement can save time while ensuring high-quality
patient care for pain physicians.
artifi cial intelligence, ChatGPT, pain, research
Artifi cial intelligence (AI) has transformed various industries, including medicine [1-3]. One emerging topic is how ChatGPT, a language model developed by OpenAI based on the generative pre-trained transformer (GPT) architecture, can assist in clinical and research work. ChatGPT’s primary function is to generate human-like responses to natural language inputs in real time. It has been trained based on a vast corpus of internet text data, allowing it to understand and respond to a wide range of topics. ChatGPT has numerous potential applications, such as chatbots, personal assistants, and customer service interactions.
Pain physicians may benefit from ChatGPT’s capabilities in several ways (Figure 1). As a language model, it has access to a vast amount of information related to pain medicine, pain management techniques, and patient care. This information can assist pain physicians in making informed decisions about patient care, such as selecting appropriate medications, dosages, and treatment options based on the patient’s unique needs and medical history.
Nevertheless, it is essential to acknowledge that ChatGPT may provide inaccurate information, and it is crucial to validate its responses before we rely on them. While it can offer useful references, ChatGPT should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. Instead, it might be used as a supplementary tool to aid in decision-making. Pain physicians should cross-check any information provided with reputable sources of medical information, such as medical textbooks, peer-reviewed journals, and professional medical organizations.
Another area where ChatGPT may be helpful for pain physicians is generating progress notes that document the patient’s ongoing care and response to treatment. In many hospitals, doctors are required to write medical charts in English, whereas patients may use dialects to describe their symptoms. ChatGPT can assist in generating appropriate language and phrasing to describe the patient’s symptoms, physical exam findings, and treatment plan.
Additionally, ChatGPT can be a valuable tool for pain physicians in academic writing. ChatGPT has the ability to generate text based on input prompts, making it useful for generating summaries and reports. Pain physicians can provide key information about their case, such as demographic information, medical history, symptoms, and treatment plan. Accordingly, ChatGPT can generate a summary that captures the most important aspects of the case in a concise and organized manner. This can save time and effort for the pain physicians, who may otherwise need to spend hours writing and revising the summary by themselves.
In conclusion, ChatGPT has the potential to be a valuable tool for pain physicians in various aspects of their work, from clinical practice to academic writing. However, it should be used as a supplement to medical advice from healthcare professionals and not a substitute. By utilizing ChatGPT as a supplementary tool, pain physicians can save time and effort in their daily practice while ensuring the highest quality of patient care.
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