American Academy of Pain Medicine 2013 Annual Meeting
According to the AAPM, this yearâ€™s meeting will provide attendees with â€œthe information you need on the latest science and advancements in the treatment of pain. It will provide you with more pain resources and connections with others so that you have the most current information from the front lines of pain medicine.â€
Understanding and addressing these disorders can improve the patient's mental health as well as their chronic pain and other comorbid conditions. Incorporating cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy into the management of chronic pain has been shown to improve pain outcomes.
Pain is a common side effect of cancer that can be caused by the disease itself, treatment, and other factors. Greater awareness of the causes and types of cancer pain, knowledge of available treatments, and willingness to consult pain specialists are the keys to providing effective cancer pain management.
Chronic pain is a difficult condition to diagnose and manage, especially since most diagnostic measures are subjective and treatment varies from patient to patient. A key to diagnosing and treating chronic pain is to have a strong understanding of the different diagnostic tools and treatment options available.
A poster session at the 2013 AAPM annual meeting highlighted research on the role of central sensitization in chronic pain, the use of microwave ablation to treat refractory pain in patients with soft tissue tumors, a possible treatment for opioid-induced hyperalgesia, and the psychosocial effects of opioid treatment in patients with sickle-cell anemia.
While digital medicine and neuromodulation have gathered enough clinical evidence to treat chronic pain, Timothy R. Deer, MD, president and CEO of St. Francis Hospital's Center for Pain Relief, in Charleston, WV, said regenerative therapies like platelet-rich plasma, stem cells and biologics are lagging years behind in the testing realm with a long road to go.
The advent of accountable care organizations, bundled payments, and other reforms under the Affordable Care Act has steered the focus of health care delivery from quantity to quality, but where exactly do pain medicine providers fit into the new value-based care model, and how can it benefit their patients?