PainWeek 2014

Collaborative Approach Encouraged for Patients with Pain

Collaborative Approach Encouraged for Patients with Pain

The treatment goal should not be to "cure" pain but rather to restore function.

Site of Pain Not Always the Source

Site of Pain Not Always the Source

For orofacial pain of nondental origin, the pain could be originating from elsewhere.

Challenging Issues in Treating Patients with Depression and Pain

Challenging Issues in Treating Patients with Depression and Pain

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Acute pain is lessened with opioid treatment but depression is associated with reduced response to acute opioid treatment.

Know Thyself First When Addressing the 'Difficult' Patient

Know Thyself First When Addressing the 'Difficult' Patient

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Understanding why some patients can be more "difficult" than others can involve understanding personality differences.

Patient-Centered Opioid Agreements Key

Patient-Centered Opioid Agreements Key

Informed consent is critical to decision making, and clear goals permit assessment of treatment.

Patients in Pain Need Compassion, Not Regulations

Patients in Pain Need Compassion, Not Regulations

It is imperative that the United States finds more effective ways to deal with the growing availability and utilization of opiates and other drugs for pain that is compassionate and grounded in medicine.

Testing Promising for Personalizing Pain Medicine

Testing Promising for Personalizing Pain Medicine

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Pharmacogenomic testing can identify how genetic variations affect drug responses, and help guide treatment strategies for patients suffering from chronic pain.

Seeing Person, Not the Addiction Key to Treating Patients

Seeing Person, Not the Addiction Key to Treating Patients

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One of the most difficult "dread to treat" populations is patients with substance use disorders.

Prescription Drug Abuse, Overdose On the Rise

Prescription Drug Abuse, Overdose On the Rise

Providers must balance risks of under-treatment, abuse and overdose.

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