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The American Academy of Pain Medicine 2014 Annual Meeting

The American Academy of Pain Medicine 2014 Annual Meeting | AAPM 2014

The American Academy of Pain Medicine 2014 Annual Meeting will cover "a broad array of topics designed to appeal to virtually all members, whether they treat chronic or acute pain, are military or civilian practitioners, or have little or extensive experience in the pain medicine field." Sessions will cover topics ranging from "new research that may have the potential to change clinical practice to novel interventions and quality initiatives that are improving patient outcomes."

Conference Coverages

Scientists Predict Neuropathic Pain Treatment Response
Scientists Predict Neuropathic Pain Treatment Response
Scientists are able to predict the body's response to neuropathic pain treatment, according to a study presented at the 30th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine.
Cancer Survival Complicates Chronic Pain Management
As long-term cancer survival rates continue to surge, an increasing percentage of patients with cancer-related pain are progressing to the chronic pain arena, which necessitates more contemporary treatment approaches to cancer pain management.
Pain Experts Poke Holes in Published Clinical Treatment Guidelines
Although they have all participated in the development of treatment guidelines for a variety of pain conditions, 3 comprehensive pain experts openly acknowledged and discussed the practical limitations of published evidence-based recommendations during the closing session of the American Academy of Pain Medicine 2014 Annual Meeting.
With Behavioral Support in Place, Opioid Dose Reduction Does Not Exacerbate Pain or Function
Reducing high-dose opioid therapy does not worsen pain severity, functional ability, or aberrant drug-related behaviors in chronic pain patients when concurrent biopsychosocial services are offered.
Predicting Positive and Negative Symptom Exaggeration in Chronic Pain Patients
Sometimes, chronic pain patients intentionally magnify or downplay their physical and mental symptoms during office visits. Despite that fact, little attention in the clinical setting is paid to underlying motives for positively or negatively biased self-reports.
Mindfulness-based Pain Care Provides Opioid Taper Support
Even if a chronic pain patient had been taking opioid medications exactly as prescribed, it would still be possible for the patient to experience negative cognitive and emotional responses to dose tapering that could amplify sensory pain and lead to opioid addiction.
Researchers Emphasize Routine Urine Drug Testing to Ensure Opioid Compliance, Enhance Pain Care
In light of the fact that many physicians continue to rely on observational analysis and patient self-reporting to monitor opioid addiction or misuse, results from a scientific poster reinforced the benefits of routine urine drug testing in improving compliance with prescribed opioid medications and ultimately enhancing pain care.
Guidelines for Knee Osteoarthritis Management Miss Treatment Targets
Though different sets of treatment recommendations for knee osteoarthritis send conflicting messages to practicing physicians, James W. Atchison, DO, pointed out that the guidelines focus solely on the knee, while pain management specialists focus on the whole person.
Opioid-Induced Constipation Is Not Adequately Reported by Chronic Non-Cancer Pain Patients
Preliminary research data revealed a significantly higher incidence of opioid-induced constipation among patients taking opioid analgesics for chronic non-cancer pain than self-reported constipation complaints suggest.

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