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American Academy of Pain Medicine 2013 Annual Meeting

American Academy of Pain Medicine 2013 Annual Meeting | AAPM 2013

According to the AAPM, this year’s meeting will provide attendees with “the 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.”

Conference Coverages

Underlying Personality Disorders Can Complicate Chronic Pain Management
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.
Advances in the Management of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Successful CRPS management should be viewed as a continuum that requires a flexible treatment approach that incorporates pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic components.
Overcoming the Challenges to Effective Cancer Pain Management
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.
Managing Comorbid Conditions Associated with Chronic Pain
Pain has been associated with a number of conditions, including addiction, depression, and anxiety. Greater awareness of concurrent comorbid conditions and the options available to treat them produces better outcomes in chronic pain patients.
Functional Neuroimaging May Produce a Potential Objective Measure of Chronic Pain
Pain is a product of the brain and the experiences of pain can be shaped by mood, cognition, anxiety, fear, genetics, and other individual differences. Currently, pain is measured subjectively but an objective measure of pain may improve the diagnosis and management of patients with chronic pain.

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