Karen Shackelford, MD

Karen Shackelford, MD, is the director of medical content for Board Vitals, and a former emergency medicine physician with additional training in internal medicine. Dr. Shackelford has a BS from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. She has an MD from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, and completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi.

Karen Shackelford, MD

Tough Talk: Initiating patient conversations about substance use disorder

As healthcare practitioners, we encounter substance use disorders (SUD) in the clinical setting on a daily basis – even though we may sometimes be unaware or even unable to adequately address the topic with our patients. We sometimes skirt the topic by asking the patient to “check a box” on a medical history form that …

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