AAPM Pain Treatment Guidelines
The American Academy of Pain Medicine develops clinical practice guidelines for use in the treatment of pain. AAPM guidelines are intended as educational tools for healthcare providers and are based on clinical expertise and a review of the relevant literature by diverse groups of highly trained clinicians.
Guidelines Under Development
The following consensus guidelines are under development and will be released in the future. Follow AAPM on Facebook or Twitter and stay tuned to our newsfeed for the latest updates in pain news.
- Enhanced Recovery After Spine Surgery: Evidence for Pathway Care in Lumbar Laminectomy, Discectomy, and Fusion
- Migraine Diagnosis, Prevention, and Treatment: A Consensus Guideline
- Opioid Discontinuation: A Consensus Guideline
Pain Guidelines & Consensus Recommendations
Pain Management Best Practices from Multispecialty Organizations during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Public Health Crises
Practice guidelines published in Pain Medicine to assist pain medicine providers, health care leaders, and regulatory bodies as they respond to the COVID-19 crisis.
A panel of the guidelines’ authors and content experts discussed these guidelines during a live webinar on April 13, 2020. View a recording of the webinar.
Consensus Practice Guidelines on Interventions for Lumbar Facet Joint Pain
Consensus practice guidelines from a multisociety, international working group, including AAPM, that addresses lumbar facet joint pain. These guidelines are designed to guide clinical care, improve research quality, and assist payers with clinical practice pathways and authorization decisions.
A panel of the guidelines’ authors presented a 2-part session during AAPM 2020 on February 28 in National Harbor, MD. View the session recordings (free to AAPM members).
Evidence-Based Clinical Guidelines for Multidisciplinary Spine Care: Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain
Clinical guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of nonspecific low-back pain in patients 18 years and older, developed by the North American Spine Society with input from representatives from 11 stakeholder societies, including AAPM.
Challenges with Implementing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Opioid Guideline: A Consensus Panel Report
Consensus recommendations from a multidisciplinary panel of physician experts convened by the American Academy of Pain Medicine Foundation
Using Clinical Laboratory Tests to Monitor Drug Therapy in Pain Management Patients
Laboratory Medicine Practice Guidelines from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry and the American Academy of Pain Medicine
Consensus Guidelines on the Use of Intravenous Ketamine Infusions for Acute Pain Management
Recommended Prescriber Practices from the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
Consensus Guidelines on the Use of Intravenous Ketamine Infusions for Chronic Pain Management
Recommended Prescriber Practices from the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists
Interventional Spine and Pain Procedures in Patients on Antiplatelet and Anticoagulant Medications
Guidelines from the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the International Neuromodulation Society, the North American Neuromodulation Society, and the World Institute of Pain.
Rational Urine Drug Monitoring in Patients Receiving Opioids for Chronic Pain: Consensus Recommendations
Consensus recommendations from the American Academy of Pain Medicine on urine drug monitoring in patients with chronic pain who are prescribed opioids.
The ACTTION–APS–AAPM Pain Taxonomy (AAAPT) Multidimensional Approach to Classifying Acute Pain Conditions
Acute pain classification system consensus report from the Analgesic, Anesthetic, and Addiction Clinical Trial Translations, Innovations, Opportunities, and Networks; the American Pain Society; and American Academy of Pain Medicine.
Methadone for Pain Management: Improving Clinical Decision Making
Recommended Prescriber Practices from the American Academy of Pain Medicine
Consensus Recommendations on Initiating Prescription Therapies for Opioid-Induced Constipation
Consensus recommendations from the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Endorsed by the American Gastroenterological Association.
Acute Pain Medicine in the United States: A Status Report
Consensus report from the AAPM and its Acute Pain Medicine shared interest group.