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American Pain Society 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting

American Pain Society 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting | APS 2014

The American Pain Society 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting will feature current information about research, diagnosis, treatment, and management of acute pain, chronic cancer, noncancer pain, and recurrent pain.

Conference Coverages

Physicians Often Underestimate the Risk of Opioid Abuse, Misuse, and Diversion in Chronic Pain Patients
Physicians Often Underestimate the Risk of Opioid Abuse, Misuse, and Diversion in Chronic Pain Patients
Despite rampant opioid misuse, abuse, and diversion self-reported by chronic pain patients in a study presented at the American Pain Society 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting, primary care providers tended to downgrade the patients’ risk for engaging in those drug-related aberrant behaviors, indicating a gap between physicians’ objective risk assessment for opioid abuse and the actual extent of the problem.
Pain Intensity Contributes to Cognitive Dysfunction in Multiple Sclerosis
Among adult patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), pain severity can impact performance on cognitive tests, suggesting that pain independently contributes to impaired brain function in MS.
Perceptions of Pain Education at Top-rated Medical Schools Conflict with Reality
Medical and nursing schools that reported extensively incorporating the topic of pain care into prelicensure curricula do not offer more robust pain management education programs than those indicating minimal or moderate pain course integration.
Analgesic Requirements for Pain Related to Acute Pancreatitis
Patients who are hospitalized for pain related to acute pancreatitis pose unique challenges for achieving adequate analgesia, which is particularly true for those admitted with preexisting chronic pain and prior opioid use.
Opioid-induced Constipation Is More Than a Tolerability Issue
Though constipation as a side effect of opioid therapy is generally considered a tolerability issue that can be treated with over-the-counter laxatives, opioid-induced constipation may still lead to serious gastrointestinal complications.
Restoring the Path to Multidisciplinary Chronic Pain Management
Although the concept of delivering chronic pain care through multidisciplinary clinics is less than half a century old, John Loeser, MD, believes the model has already surpassed its peak in the United States, mainly due to financial reasons.
Cancer-related Pain Experience Differs by Race, Ethnicity
With the co-occurrence of chronic pain and cancer amassing from improved cancer survival rates, it is increasingly important for healthcare professionals to understand how the conditions interrelate and influence patients’ quality of life.

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