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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 compared with non-PCA administration in patients with severe cancer pain. The findings come from a phase 3, randomized clinical trial involving 214 patients that was presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Read more.

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 coping strategies may be inaccessible. This project combines established VA care components to deploy and evaluate virtual models of care for Veterans on high-risk LTOT to meet the dual challenges of maintaining social distancing and delivery high quality care. Read more.

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 to reduce pain by blocking the pain pathway at the cellular level. Viruses infect cells through protein receptors, and coronavirus is no different. Read more.

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 by Nora D. Volkow, M.D., director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The findings suggest that health care providers should closely monitor patients with SUDs and develop action plans to help shield them from infection and severe outcomes. Read more.

 

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, a pain medicine physician with a doctoral degree in bioengineering, said his focus is on making services as efficient and safe as possible with Nura’s expanded and updated Edina clinic reopening. Nura’s Coon Rapids clinic resumed in-person consultations last week. Read more.

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, 2020, 8 am – 1 pm ET. The conference will review the latest technology, science, and treatment options anyone interested in treating or researching pain should be made aware of in order to offer the best care choices to their patients and background for their studies. Learn more and register.

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