Description & Objectives
This conference is targeted towards physicians, nurses and other allied health professionals in the Pacific Northwest who treat patients suffering from chronic malignant and non-malignant pain. It is particularly relevant for the following specialties: family medicine, general medicine, internal medicine, pain management, and physical medicine and rehabilitation.
Nearly 15,000 people die every year of overdose involving prescription painkillers despite the local initiatives and nationwide efforts to improve the knowledge and care of patients with chronic pain. A survey of local clinicians indicated a need for not only increased pain management education about opioids and alternative therapies but also tools to apply this information to patient cases they encounter daily.
With more than 100 million Americans with chronic pain there continues to be a lack of available treatment centers to adequately care for and monitor this population. This demonstrates an increasing need to educate primary-care providers about the important role they play in treating chronic pain patients which may lead to increased access to care and ultimately improve patient outcomes.
Washington State House Resolution No. 4614 called upon all Washingtonians to observe September as Pain Awareness Month by participating in appropriate ceremonies and activities, and by learning how to improve the quality of life for people in Washington suffering from pain.
At the conclusion of this symposium, the participant will provide better patient care through an increased ability to:
- Trace the recent history of the expansion of opioids for chronic pain and the rise of prescription opioid abuse and conduct an evaluation of the risk level of opioid therapy for individual patients
- Review the use of buprenorphine in comorbid addiction and chronic pain, assess and treat opioid-induced hyperalgesia and compare options for different formulations and dosing for buprenorphine
- Detect attributes that indicate a patient should not be started on a trial of opiates, discuss indications that suggest a primary-care patient is at lower risk for opiate misuse and list three screening tools to help determine risk of opiate misuse
- Employ a management strategy for risk of addiction tailored for individual patients
- Identify high-risk behaviors that indicate opiate misuse as seen in the primary-care setting, describe tools used to determine risk-to-benefit ratio in opiate prescribing, apply the concept of “rational polypharmacy” for chronic pain and plan non-pharmacologic treatment strategies for chronic pain
- Discuss the different interventional techniques available for treating chronic pain, recognize the potential risks of these interventions, decide how and when to use interventional treatment for chronic pain management and utilize case discussions to apply appropriate interventional treatment plans for patients in actual practice
- Evaluate the risks and benefits of both pharmaceutical and some complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies, recognize the different mechanisms thought to be affected by each of the different therapies and develop a structured logical plan for treating chronic pain using case studies
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