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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.

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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

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