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AAPM Members Appointed to New Pain Management Task Force

Four AAPM members join U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) task force May 8, 2018, CHICAGO – Among the 28 members appointed to the HHS new Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force, four members of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) are represented on the Task Force. The appointees include AAPM board members, D...
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New Spinal Stimulation Technology More Effective in Reducing Pain in Patients with Intractable Spine or Limb Pain Compared to Medical Treatment

April 26, 2018, VANCOUVER, B.C, Canada — Spinal stimulation increases the odds of pain relief more than medical therapy when patients are faced with intractable spine or limb pain. In a recent study, researchers made the following discoveries: 1) spinal stimulation compared to medical therapy significantly increased the odds of reducing pain by 50%...
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Opioid Overdose Prevention Program Leads to More Non-Opioid Pain Treatment and Higher Access to Naloxone

April 26, 2018, VANCOUVER, B.C, Canada – Researchers have determined that an opioid overdose prevention program established in a comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation (CIR) unit with an interdisciplinary approach can lead to fewer opioid prescriptions and a greater number of patients being discharged with naloxone. The results of this study, prese...
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Top-Ranked Study Suggests Pain Rehabilitation Programs Offering Behavioral Treatment Decrease Overall Healthcare Use Among Patients with Chronic Non-Cancer Pain

April 26, 2018, VANCOUVER, B.C, Canada —A new study suggests that for patients with chronic non-cancer pain, pain rehabilitation programs (PRPs) decrease their healthcare usage and encourage access to behavioral treatments that are more likely to address the impact of pain, reduce opioid use, and promote improved functioning and quality of life. Th...
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Medicare Data Registry Analysis in IL Reveals Access Barriers, Increased Costs to Patients Seeking Non-Opioid Pain Medications

April 26, 2018, VANCOUVER, B.C, Canada – Several Chicago-based physicians treating pain patients recently performed research in hopes of discerning whether a phenomena that they observed clinically – that it was seemingly more difficult for patients with disabilities to access non-opioid medications than opioid medications to treat painful spasms a...
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Pilot Studies Shows Lidocaine May Reduce Persistent Neuropathic Pain Following Breast Cancer Surgery

April 26, 2018, VANCOUVER, B.C, Canada – Persistent neuropathic pain is a common complication in patients who have undergone breast cancer surgery. Approximately 300,000 mastectomies are performed in the U.S. each year, exposing a high volume of patients – both those with breast cancer as well as patients without evidence of cancer, such as those w...
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Individualized Approach to Opioid Tapering Shows Success in Chronic Pain Patients Using Long-Term Opioids

April 26, 2018, VANCOUVER, B.C, Canada – As healthcare providers continue to respond to the ongoing opioid overdose crisis, addressing patient risk associated with moderate to very high dose prescription opioids has become a national priority. Research presented today at the American Academy of Pain Medicine 34th Annual Meeting finds that individua...
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Mental Health Services in Pain Clinics Provide Significant Clinical Benefits to Patients with Chronic Pain

April 26, 2018, VANCOUVER, B.C, Canada – Mental health embedded into a multidisciplinary pain treatment approach can improve chronic pain, function, mood, and sleep according to a recent study conducted at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Pain Medicine clinical network. The results were presented today as a scientific poster at th...
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AAPM 34th Annual Meeting to Offer Premier Pain Medicine Education

The 34th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) will take place April 25-29, 2018, at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The AAPM 34th Annual Meeting will offer attendees more than 30 hours of educational programming over a four-day period. A multidisciplinary program committee co-chaired by James Atch...
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Rollin M. Gallagher, MD MPH Receives 2018 Elizabeth Narcessian Award

AAPM congratulates Rollin M. Gallagher, MD MPH , AAPM Past President (2009) and Editor, Pain Medicine journal, on receiving the 2018 American Pain Society's Elizabeth Narcessian Award for Outstanding Educational Achievements in the Field of Pain.  Read the full story on the American Pain Society website