PAINWeek 2016 Coverage

Short Online Course Effective in Treating Pain Catastrophizing to Avoid Development of Chronic Pain

Short Online Course Effective in Treating Pain Catastrophizing to Avoid Development of Chronic Pain

These online and free of charge resources are of particular interest to patients living in rural settings who may not have access to pain psychologists.

Effective Ways of Preventing Chronic Pain

Effective Ways of Preventing Chronic Pain

Awareness of risk factors for chronic pain (eg, smoking, stress, inadequate sleep or poor diet) as well as protective factors (eg, exercise and anti-inflammatory diet) is essential to preventive efforts.

Pain Education Puts Patients on the Path to Successful Outcomes

Pain Education Puts Patients on the Path to Successful Outcomes

Explaining the neurophysiological basis of pain has been found to positively affect pain levels.

Biopsychosocial Treatment Effective in Reducing Pain

Biopsychosocial Treatment Effective in Reducing Pain

Developing and implementing prevention strategies that include psychosocial approaches has become critical in the face of the chronic pain epidemic.

Brain or Body: Which Treatments Work Best for Patients With Pain?

Brain or Body: Which Treatments Work Best for Patients With Pain?

Numerous pain medications are available, presenting a challenge for clinicians to determine which one is best for a particular patient.

Acupuncture Effective for Chronic Pain

Acupuncture Effective for Chronic Pain

In one analysis of acupuncture, a moderate effect size was found for acupuncture vs no treatment, while a smaller yet statistically significant effect size was found for acupuncture over sham acupuncture techniques.

Evaluating Opioid Policies: Balancing Abuse Reduction With Patient Access

Evaluating Opioid Policies: Balancing Abuse Reduction With Patient Access

While many organizations have created plans in an attempt to curb the opioid epidemic, how can we know which plans will work?

Safe Opioid Prescribing Practices: Knowing When to Prescribe, Taper, or Discontinue

Safe Opioid Prescribing Practices: Knowing When to Prescribe, Taper, or Discontinue

Counseling is key to safe and effective opioid use and storage.

Optimizing Outcomes in Postoperative Pain Management

Optimizing Outcomes in Postoperative Pain Management

Review risk factors for complicated postoperative pain management.

Naloxone Prescriptions: When Are They Appropriate?

Naloxone Prescriptions: When Are They Appropriate?

The Risk Index for Overdose or Serious Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression (RIOSORD) is a validated tool that can help clinicians quantify a patient's risk of overdose.

Public Health and Prevention of Opioid Misuse

Public Health and Prevention of Opioid Misuse

"Ultimately, the goal is to turn our clinics into research laboratories where every single patient is characterized," noted Dr Mackey.

PAINWeek 2016 Keynote Address: Are Physicians Facing More Than 1 Epidemic?

PAINWeek 2016 Keynote Address: Are Physicians Facing More Than 1 Epidemic?

"We have 2 big epidemics and we have 2 problems; we need to solve those problems...with complex public health solutions, better drugs, and better practice—not simply constant downward pressure on prescribing," said Dr Passik.

VIDEO: These 5 Coping Skills Are Key to Pain Management

VIDEO: These 5 Coping Skills Are Key to Pain Management

There are 5 skills that physicians can use to help treat patients with pain.

Array of New Abuse-Deterrent Opioids Available

Array of New Abuse-Deterrent Opioids Available

Several recent approvals of abuse-deterrent formulations have changed the landscape of options for pain management.

Chronic Pain Care Requires a Multifactorial Approach

Chronic Pain Care Requires a Multifactorial Approach

"Details matter" when taking an integrative approach to chronic pain care.

Comprehensive Assessment Essential for Treating Patients With Chronic Pain

Comprehensive Assessment Essential for Treating Patients With Chronic Pain

Good outcomes begin with a foundation of thorough evaluation and assessment.

The Role of Nutrition in Modulating Chronic Pain

The Role of Nutrition in Modulating Chronic Pain

"We are what we eat; to be more specific, we are what we ingest, digest, and absorb, and the microbiome has a key role to play in that," said Dr Tick.

Interdisciplinary Approach Essential to Treating Chronic Pain

Interdisciplinary Approach Essential to Treating Chronic Pain

"Interdisciplinary approaches should not be viewed as a treatment pathway on which to embark after other interventions have failed; rather, it should be the framework employed from the start of care," said Dr Prasad.

Novel Treatment Options for Managing Pain in the Emergency Department

Novel Treatment Options for Managing Pain in the Emergency Department

Physicians who want to prescribe alternatives for pain management should familiarize themselves with current research.

Managing Chronic Pain During the Opioid Overuse Epidemic

Managing Chronic Pain During the Opioid Overuse Epidemic

A high level of comorbidity exists between substance use disorders and chronic pain.

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