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Study Bolsters Patient-Controlled Analgesia for Cancer Pain

AAPM member Kenneth Candido, MD , comments on a study regarding patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) IV hydromorphone titration provides quicker analgesic effect, higher patient satisfaction and a similar tolerability comp...
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Virtual Pain Care Management (COVID-19) (VCPM)

The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating the challenges faced by Veterans at risk of opioid overdose including Veterans prescribed moderate-to-high dose long-term opioid therapy (LTOT) whose usual treatment resources and co...
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COVID-19 Pandemic Intensifying Opioid Crisis

AAPM member Halena Gazelka, MD was interviewed by ABC affiliate WXOW-TV in La Crosse, Wisconsin, regarding the effect of COVID-19 on pain patients and an increase in opioid-related deaths.   Read more .
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Researchers Study Pain Relief Caused by Coronavirus

New research from the University of Arizona could explain why nearly half of all people who get coronavirus show few or no symptoms. The researchers discovered SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has the ability ...
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The Social Threats of COVID-19 for People with Chronic Pain

The current pandemic has exacerbated existing sources of social threat for people with chronic pain. To prevent a population-level increase in the severity and impact of chronic pain, it is critical to devote scientific ...
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Substance Use Disorders Linked to COVID-19 Susceptibility

A National Institutes of Health-funded study found that people with substance use disorders (SUDs) are more susceptible to COVID-19 and its complications. The research, published in Molecular Psychiatry , was co-authored...
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Clinic Leader Brings Holistic Stance to Pain Management

AAPM member Scott Stayner, MD, has taken over as Nura Pain Clinic's medical director of ambulatory surgery as its centers try to work through a backlog of chronic pain patients after a pandemic-related shutdown. Stayner,...
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Supporting Clinician Well-Being During and After COVID-19

The Federation of State Medical Boards is holding ongoing meetings with its member boards to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the mental health of clinicians and to further address ways in which licensing b...
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2020 The Art and Science of Pain Management: A Clinical and Research Update Virtual Meeting

AAPM Foundation President Charles Argoff, MD , and his colleagues at Albany Medical Center invite you to attend the 5th Annual The Art and Science of Pain Management Virtual Conference that will be held on October 3, 202...
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Calls to Rename “Pain Catastrophizing” Backed by International Patient-Researcher Partnership

The Rename Pain Catastrophizing study is the product of a patient-researcher partnership between AAPM member Beth Darnall, PhD , Stanford University School of Medicine, and Andrea Anderson, lead patient advocate on the s...
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