American Academy of Pain Management 25th Annual Clinical Meeting

American Academy of Pain Management 25th Annual Clinical Meeting | AAPMgmt 2014

The programs and other content presented at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Academy of Pain Management will enhance attendees' knowledge of "the benefits of using an integrative model of care to manage pain," highlight the ways in which "research is supporting integrative pain management techniques," prepare clinicians to "assess pain using a variety of strategies" and to "create a treatment plan for the patient with chronic pain that incorporates complementary, lifestyle, and mind-body therapies when appropriate."

Conference Coverages

Evaluating the Use of Single-entity Hydrocodone to Treat Chronic Low Back Pain
Evaluating the Use of Single-entity Hydrocodone to Treat Chronic Low Back Pain
Results from a 12-week study show that treatment with once-daily, single-entity hydrocodone formulated with abuse-deterrent properties is safe and effective compared with placebo.
Are Flawed Dose Conversion Calculators to Blame for the Dramatic Increase in the Number of Methadone Overdoses?
Although methadone accounts for only 2% of opioid prescriptions, it caused nearly one in 3 prescription opioid overdose deaths in 2012, a 6-fold increase from 2009, according to the CDC.
An Ethical Paradox for Pain Practitioners: Objectivity vs. Subjectivity
Because there is no objective test for pain, and because each patient's experience of his or her painful condition is subjective and unique, physicians who treat these patients must process a variety of symptoms, signs, and cues to determine whether they can trust their patient's narrative.
A Holistic Approach to Management of Chronic Pain
Despite the best tests, procedures, and medications that modern medicine has to offer, chronic pain is still a major cause of disability. Could a more holistic approach to pain management lead to improved quality of life for individuals with chronic pain?
Do Patients Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia Receive Guideline-compliant Treatment?
Study results show that patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia often discontinue treatment. Those that do not frequently augment their initial treatment regimen with one or more additional medications, including some that are not recommended by current guidelines.
Using a Patient-reported Questionnaire to Assist in Diagnosing Neuropathic Pain Conditions
The patient-reported painDETECT questionnaire has been shown to accurately and reliably identify neuropathic pain across a range of conditions.
Chronic Pain Is the Most Common Reason for Dietary Supplement Use
Knowledge of dietary supplement properties, uses, and contraindications is highly relevant to any health care practitioner that treats patients with chronic pain. Data shows that the top four reasons for supplement use are back pain, neck pain, joint pain, and arthritis.
A New Paradigm for Chronic Cases of Low Back Pain
Research indicates that there are probable etiologies of low back pain that can affect treatment outcome and that ignoring pain can possibly cause chronic neurological changes.
Understanding the Microbiome and Its Impact on Human Health
Researchers are learning more about the ways in which gut microbiota interact with the central nervous system and the role this can play in pain management.

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