Comparative Effectiveness of Analgesics to Reduce Acute Pain in the Prehospital Setting Report

The Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) Program at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has posted the draft report for the systematic review on Comparative Effectiveness of Analgesics to Reduce Acute P...
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Patient-Centered Care Is Key to Best Practices in Pain Management

Vanila M. Singh, MD MACM, Chairperson of the HHS Pain Management Inter-Agency Task Force, is interviewed about the task force's recommendations for treating acute and chronic pain. Full story.
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Multiple Cranial Nerve Blocks for the Transitional Treatment of Chronic Headaches

Multiple cranial nerve blocks of the greater and lesser occipital, supraorbital, supratrochlear and auriculotemporal nerves are widely used in the treatment of primary headaches. We present efficacy and safety data for these procedures. In an uncontrolled open-label prospective study, 119 patients with chronic cluster headache, chronic migraine, short lasting unilateral neuralgiform attack disorders, new daily persistent headaches, hemicrania continua and chronic paroxysmal hemicrania were examined.

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Predicting Whether Surgery Patients Will Continue to Refill ‘Scripts

 AAPM Resident Fellow Education SIG Co-Chair, Mark Bicket, MD , discusses his research findings published in The American Journal of Surgery , including recommendations to reduce the chance that patients will contin...
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A Look at Two Novel Pain Management Approaches

  Continuous femoral nerve block research conducted by AAPM member André P. Boezaart, MD PhD and presented during the 2019 AAPM Annual Meeting is highlighted in this review of novel pain management approaches for jo...
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Medicare Launches Initiative for Documentation Look-Up Tool

Medicare recently announced a plan to streamline the process of finding coverage and documentation requirements for applicable services. Currently, documentation requirements appear in various locations and on separate websites requiring physicians and staff to navigate multiple websites for information.

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How The Brain Shapes Pain And Links Ouch With Emotion

AAPM member Beth Darnall, PhD, contributed to this  ​National Public Radio  ​story about how physical pain can interact with different brain areas to ultimately impact emotions, feelings, and behaviors. "For pe...
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Oregon Panel Drops Effort to Cut Opioids and Cover Chronic Pain

An Oregon committee has abandoned a controversial proposal that would have expanded treatment options for chronic pain patients under the Oregon Health Plan, but would have forced many to reduce dosages or discontinue prescription opioids. 

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Researchers are Testing Ultrasound to Treat Neuropathic Pain

Steroid injections, nerve stimulators and spinal fusions were no match for the chronic pain in Tammy Durfee's left side. After a decade searching for relief, a four-hour procedure using focused ultrasound put her pain to rest.

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Virtual Reality as Therapy for Pain

Virtual Reality Therapy is the new kid on the block for pain management, now gradually growing in use as the opioid epidemic continues to soar and the price of the needed equipment has plummeted. 

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