Pain Treatment Guidelines

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pain treatment guidelines

The American Academy of Pain Medicine develops clinical practice guidelines for use in the treatment of pain. 

AAPM guidelines are intended as educational tools for healthcare providers and are based on clinical expertise and a review of the relevant literature by diverse groups of highly trained clinicians.

Guidelines Under Development

The following consensus guidelines are under development and will be released in the future.

Follow AAPM on Facebook or Twitter and stay tuned to our newsfeed for the latest updates in pain news.

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Enhanced Recovery After Spine Surgery
Evidence for Pathway Care in Lumbar Laminectomy, Discectomy, and Fusion
Migraine Diagnosis, Prevention
& Treatment
A Consensus Guideline
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Opioid Discontinuation
A Consensus Guideline
Pain Management Best Practices…

Pain Management Best Practices from Multispecialty Organizations during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Public Health Crisis.

April 2020

Practice guidelines published in Pain Medicine to assist pain medicine providers, health care leaders, and regulatory bodies as they respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

Pain Management Best Practices from Multispecialty Organizations During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Public Health Crises

A panel of the guidelines’ authors and content experts discussed these guidelines during a live webinar on April 13th, 2020.

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Consensus Practice Guidelines…

Consensus Practice Guidelines on Interventions for Lumbar Facet Joint Pain.

April 2020

Practice guidelines published in Pain Medicine to assist pain medicine providers, health care leaders, and regulatory bodies as they respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

Consensus practice guidelines on interventions for lumbar facet joint pain from a multispecialty, international working group

A panel of the guidelines’ authors presented a two (2) part session during AAPM 2020 on February 28th in National Harbor, MD.

Evidence-Based Clinical Guidelines…

Evidence-Based Clinical Guidelines for Multidisciplinary Spine Care | Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain.

March 2020

Practice guidelines published in Pain Medicine to assist pain medicine providers, health care leaders, and regulatory bodies as they respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

Evidence-Based Clinical Guidelines For Multidisciplinary Spine Care

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Challenges with Implementing…

Challenges with Implementing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Opioid Guideline | A Consensus Panel Report.

January 2019

Consensus recommendations from a multidisciplinary panel of physician experts convened by the American Academy of Pain Medicine Foundation.

Challenges with Implementing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Opioid Guideline: A Consensus Panel Report

Using Clinical Laboratory Tests to…

Using Clinical Laboratory Tests to Monitor Drug Therapy in Pain Management Patients.

July 2018

Laboratory Medicine Practice Guidelines from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry and the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Using Clinical Laboratory Tests to Monitor Drug Therapy in Pain Management Patients

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Consensus Guidelines on the Use of…

Consensus Guidelines on the Use of Intravenous Ketamine Infusions for Acute Pain Management.

June 2018

Recommended Prescriber Practices from the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Consensus Guidelines on the Use of Intravenous Ketamine Infusions for Acute Pain Management From the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists

Consensus Guidelines on the Use of…

Consensus Guidelines on the Use of Intravenous Ketamine Infusions for Chronic Pain Management.

June 2018

Recommended Prescriber Practices from the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Consensus Guidelines on the Use of Intravenous Ketamine Infusions for Acute Pain Management From the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists

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Interventional Spine and Pain Procedures in…

Interventional Spine and Pain Procedures in Patients on Antiplatelet and Anticoagulant Medications.

April 2018

Guidelines from the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the International Neuromodulation Society, the North American Neuromodulation Society, and the World Institute of Pain.

Interventional Spine and Pain Procedures in Patients on Antiplatelet and Anticoagulant Medications (Second Edition): Guidelines From the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the International Neuromodulation Society, the North American Neuromodulation Society, and the World Institute of Pain

Rational Urine Drug Monitoring in Patients…

Rational Urine Drug Monitoring in Patients Receiving Opioids for Chronic Pain | Consensus Recommendations.

January 2018

Consensus recommendations from the American Academy of Pain Medicine on urine drug monitoring in patients with chronic pain who are prescribed opioids.

Rational Urine Drug Monitoring in Patients Receiving Opioids for Chronic Pain: Consensus Recommendations

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Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force

The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force (Task Force) was established to propose updates to best practices and issue recommendations that address gaps or inconsistencies for managing chronic and acute pain.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services oversaw this effort with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Department of Defense.

The Final Report on Best Practices: Updates, Gaps, Inconsistencies and Recommendations

AAPM Pain Treatment Guidelines

The American Academy of Pain Medicine develops clinical practice guidelines for use in the treatment of pain. AAPM guidelines are intended as educational tools for healthcare providers and are based on clinical expertise and a review of the relevant literature by diverse groups of highly trained clinicians.

Guidelines Under Development

The following consensus guidelines are under development and will be released in the future. Follow AAPM on Facebook or Twitter and stay tuned to our newsfeed for the latest updates in pain news.

Pain Guidelines & Consensus Recommendations

Pain Management Best Practices from Multispecialty Organizations during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Public Health Crises

April 2020

Practice guidelines published in Pain Medicine to assist pain medicine providers, health care leaders, and regulatory bodies as they respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

A panel of the guidelines’ authors and content experts discussed these guidelines during a live webinar on April 13, 2020. View a recording of the webinar.

Consensus Practice Guidelines on Interventions for Lumbar Facet Joint Pain

April 2020

Consensus practice guidelines from a multisociety, international working group, including AAPM, that addresses lumbar facet joint pain. These guidelines are designed to guide clinical care, improve research quality, and assist payers with clinical practice pathways and authorization decisions. 

A panel of the guidelines’ authors presented a 2-part session during AAPM 2020 on February 28 in National Harbor, MD. View the session recordings (free to AAPM members).

Evidence-Based Clinical Guidelines for Multidisciplinary Spine Care: Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain

March 2020

Clinical guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of nonspecific low-back pain in patients 18 years and older, developed by the North American Spine Society with input from representatives from 11 stakeholder societies, including AAPM.

Challenges with Implementing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Opioid Guideline: A Consensus Panel Report

January 2019

Consensus recommendations from a multidisciplinary panel of physician experts convened by the American Academy of Pain Medicine Foundation

Using Clinical Laboratory Tests to Monitor Drug Therapy in Pain Management Patients

July 2018

Laboratory Medicine Practice Guidelines from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry and the American Academy of Pain Medicine

Consensus Guidelines on the Use of Intravenous Ketamine Infusions for Acute Pain Management

June 2018

Recommended Prescriber Practices from the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Consensus Guidelines on the Use of Intravenous Ketamine Infusions for Chronic Pain Management

June 2018

Recommended Prescriber Practices from the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists

Interventional Spine and Pain Procedures in Patients on Antiplatelet and Anticoagulant Medications

April 2018

Guidelines from the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the International Neuromodulation Society, the North American Neuromodulation Society, and the World Institute of Pain.

Rational Urine Drug Monitoring in Patients Receiving Opioids for Chronic Pain: Consensus Recommendations

January 2018

Consensus recommendations from the American Academy of Pain Medicine on urine drug monitoring in patients with chronic pain who are prescribed opioids.

The ACTTION–APS–AAPM Pain Taxonomy (AAAPT) Multidimensional Approach to Classifying Acute Pain Conditions

May 2017

Acute pain classification system consensus report from the Analgesic, Anesthetic, and Addiction Clinical Trial Translations, Innovations, Opportunities, and Networks; the American Pain Society; and American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Methadone for Pain Management: Improving Clinical Decision Making

July 2016

Recommended Prescriber Practices from the American Academy of Pain Medicine

Consensus Recommendations on Initiating Prescription Therapies for Opioid-Induced Constipation

December 2015

Consensus recommendations from the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Endorsed by the American Gastroenterological Association.

Acute Pain Medicine in the United States: A Status Report

September 2015

Consensus report from the AAPM and its Acute Pain Medicine shared interest group.

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