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5 Articles in this Series
Introduction
An AIPM 2018 Preview with Clay Jackson, MD
Can Nutritional Management Make a Dent in Pain Relief?
Challenges Faced When Implementing an Integrative Care Model
The Role of Cannabis in Pain Care Today
When Pain, Opioid Use, and Mental Health Intersect

An AIPM 2018 Preview with Clay Jackson, MD

PPM: Overall, what should a pain practitioner hope to get out of this year’s meeting?

Dr. Jackson: With all the emphasis on the general over-prescription of opioids, it is understandable that clinicians may feel that they are on the horns of a dilemma; they know their patients are suffering from chronic pain, but they want to reduce opioid prescribing if that is feasible. Our meeting will highlight many non-opioid and non-pharmacologic approaches to pain relief which have good evidence of positive outcomes, offering clinicians a path forward with patients who have challenging pain syndromes.

PPM: How do you envision pain management changing over the next 5 to 10 years?

Dr. Jackson: We simply have to find a way to think beyond the “more opioids/less opioids” dichotomy and work to incorporate a broad range of integrative services that have a proven track record for patients. As value-based practices come to inform the care of persons who suffer from chronic pain, we will see a shift toward bundled or episode-based payment structures, rather than solely the fee-for-service model. Ultimately, that bodes well for clinicians and patients, as payers focus on what works, rather than what has been traditionally available on payers’ panels.

PPM: How can healthcare providers, in your opinion, better work together to improve pain assessment and care?

Dr. Jackson: We need to agree on a set number of metrics for outcomes that provide cross-talk among a variety of disciplines, and we have to be mature enough as professionals to lay down the weapons of turf wars and focus on fighting illness, not each other. There is plenty of human suffering that needs to be alleviated, so we really need all hands on deck. The AIPM summit and the associated Congress for integrative care will provide a platform for advancing those goals, with practical, utilitarian tools for improving care immediately, as well as a blueprint for transforming the face of care delivery over the next decade.

PPM: What are you most excited about for the upcoming summit?

Dr. Jackson: We’ve never received such an enthusiastic response to our educational, advocacy, and networking opportunities as we have for this summit. If there is a silver lining to the controversy surrounding the treatment of chronic pain with opioids, it is this: clinicians are highly motivated to collaborate and to explore new models of care delivery and coordination. In an era of declining meeting attendance for many professional organizations, we are delighted that demand for our summit was so high that we couldn’t even accommodate all who wished to attend. When that group of highly motivated, multidisciplinary, talented leaders convenes to work for new care modalities and models of practice, patients are going to benefit!

Look for live highlights and coverage of the 2018 AIPM Scientific Summit at practicalpainmanagement.com/meetings and on Twitter@PracticalPain.

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