Share the Risk model is an example of successful collaboration among inter-disciplinary teams of clinicians and law enforcement to mitigate professional risks while improving patient care.

In 2002, we developed the Share the Risk model as an interdisciplinary approach to the most challenging patients in medicine—patients with chronic pain. The fundamental premise of the Share the Risk model is that no clinician, no matter how well educated, competent, compassionate, committed, or meticulous, can adequately meet all the needs of patients with chronic and intractable pain. Instead, the Share the Risk model calls for a multidisciplinary team approach for optimal pain management.

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