Trends and Patterns of Geographic Variation in Opioid Prescribing Practices by State, United States, 2006-2017

Importance : Risk of opioid use disorder, overdose, and death from prescription opioids increases as dosage, duration, and use of extended-release and long-acting formulations increase. States are well suited to respond ...
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New Target for Chronic Pain Relief Confirmed by Scientists

A research group at Hiroshima University observed a potential new target for chronic pain treatment. Further research using this receptor could lead to new, more effective drugs to use in pain-relieving treatment for chronic pain. 

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These Tech Companies Aim to Cure Pain without Pills

AAPM Member Jennifer Hah, MD MS, comments in this CNBC article about the advantages of pain relieving devices, such as neuromodulation and other technologies. 

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Opiates Prescribing for Knee Arthroscopies and ACL Reconstruction (NCT03876743)

The purpose of the study is to determine if opiates are required to achieve adequate analgesia after knee arthroscopy and ACL reconstruction in outpatient surgery.  The investigators hypothesize that patients are fr...
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Contribute to New AMA-RAND Research

The RAND Corporation and American Medical Association are conducting research to better understand and describe how physician practices in a variety of specialties and practice arrangements (independent, IPA, health syst...
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Where Does Chronic Pain Begin? Scientists Close in on Its Origins

Researchers cataloged variations in RNA expression in the dorsal root ganglia cells of patients differing by pain state and sex. Using RNA sequencing, a specialized form of gene sequencing, on those DRG cells yielded a l...
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State Hits Pause Button on Chronic Pain Proposal

Oregon health officials have delayed consideration of a controversial change under the Oregon Health Plan that could have forced many patients with chronic pain off opioids. 

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Managing Twin Crises in Chronic Pain and Prescription Opioids

AAPM Past President Sean Mackey, MD PhD, co-authored a BMJ editorial on how the national pain strategies are part of the solution in managing this twin crises. 

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EHR Investigation Makes the News

Fortune and ​ Kaiser Health News ​ just released the findings of a joint investigation on Electronic Health Records (EHR). The findings highlight pitfalls that many physicians recognize all too well. The time-consuming d...
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AAPM Board Votes to Expand Active Membership

The AAPM Board of Directors voted unanimously at its March 6 meeting in Denver to support a measure that expands Active AAPM Membership to non-physicians who possess a U.S. or Canadian doctoral level degree in psych...
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