PAINWeek 2016

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

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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.

Pain Education Puts Patients on the Path to Successful Outcomes

Pain Education Puts Patients on the Path to Successful Outcomes

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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

Optimizing Outcomes in Postoperative Pain Management

Optimizing Outcomes in Postoperative Pain Management

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Review risk factors for complicated postoperative pain management.

Naloxone Prescriptions: When Are They Appropriate?

Naloxone Prescriptions: When Are They Appropriate?

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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

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

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.

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

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

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"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.

Array of New Abuse-Deterrent Opioids Available

Array of New Abuse-Deterrent Opioids Available

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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

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"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

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

Interdisciplinary Approach Essential to Treating Chronic Pain

Interdisciplinary Approach Essential to Treating Chronic Pain

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"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.

The Role of Nutrition in Modulating Chronic Pain

The Role of Nutrition in Modulating Chronic Pain

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"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.

Managing Chronic Pain During the Opioid Overuse Epidemic

Managing Chronic Pain During the Opioid Overuse Epidemic

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

Managing Chronic Pain: Where Do We Start?

Managing Chronic Pain: Where Do We Start?

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According to Dr Zacharoff, there are no existing paradigms for long-term chronic pain treatment. He urges attendees to think during the course of Pain Week about what it is they can do for those long-term pain patients.

Setting Boundaries Important for Patients With Chronic Pain

Setting Boundaries Important for Patients With Chronic Pain

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Providers may overlook or be unaware of the different tools available to them to assist them in pain management decisions.

Biobehavioral Interventions Effective for Migraine Management

Biobehavioral Interventions Effective for Migraine Management

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Sustained response was seen in patients who demonstrated improvement following an interdisciplinary pain program.

ED Pain Assessment Tool Needed

ED Pain Assessment Tool Needed

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ED physicians should consider a patient's subjective pain assessment by specifically asking how pain is affecting function, and then adjust treatment approaches based on a physical examination.

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