Consensus Panel Report Addresses Challenges of Implementing the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

February 15, 2019, CHICAGO – A new report issued by a multidisciplinary consensus panel convened by the American Academy of Pain Medicine Foundation discusses the challenges clinicians have experienced since the 2016 release of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain . The report also ...
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Congratulations to 2019 AAPM Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Award Recipient, UC San Diego

The AAPM Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Award recognizes pain medicine fellowship programs within the United States that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and provide an exceptional learning experience to their fellows, preparing them to deliver the highest standard of care to patients with pai...
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Prevention of Prescription Opioid Misuse and Projected Overdose Deaths in the United States

What is the projected effect of lowering incident nonmedical prescription opioid use on the future trajectory of the opioid overdose crisis in the United States? Read the abstract . 
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Hot Topics in Pain Management Available On Demand

The newest AAPM Education Center on demand course features recordings of talks delivered during the Academy's December 8, 2018, Chicago Hot Topics in Pain Management live meeting. The program includes updates on the latest policies, guidelines, and approaches to pharmacological safety, procedural interventions, and interdisciplinary pain care. Lear...
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The Pain of Sleep Loss: A Brain Characterization in Humans

Sleep loss increases the experience of pain. However, the brain mechanisms underlying altered pain processing following sleep deprivation are unknown. Moreover, it remains unclear whether ecologically modest night-to-night changes in sleep, within an individual, confer consequential day-to-day changes in experienced pain. Here, we demonstrate that ...
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Gender Bias in Pediatric Pain Assessment

Accurate assessment of pain is central to diagnosis and treatment in healthcare, especially in pediatrics. However, few studies have examined potential biases in adult observer ratings of children's pain. Read the abstract . 

Randomized Study of Electronic Health Record Defaults and Comparison Feedback to Effectively Decrease Opioid Prescription Pill Burden (NCT03825549)

In this study, the investigators will evaluate the effect of a health system initiative aiming to change clinician opioid prescribing behaviors using two behavioral economic interventions - default options and social comparison feedback on performance to clinicians. Read the details . 
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National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Webinar: February 13, 4–5 pm ET

The NAM webinar will introduce the Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic, which comprises government, communities, health systems, provider groups, payers, industry, nonprofits, academia, and more. For more information and to register .

Penn’s ‘Enhanced Recovery’ Protocol Reduces Opioid Use in Spinal Surgery Patients

A new study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine showed that when an ERAS protocol was employed—which optimizes patients' surgical care before, during, and after surgery, including patient education, post-operative medications, and recovery plans—fewer patients needed pain medications one month after surgery. Full story
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Countdown to AAPM35: Join Fellow Members in Denver March 6-10

AAPM35 is shaping up to be one of AAPM's strongest meetings yet. The education program is packed with 3 hands-on, interactive preconferences featuring pain medicine best practices, medications management, and ultrasound-guided pain interventions – as well as more than 50 AAPM 35th Annual Meeting sessions. As an AAPM member, you receive discounted r...
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