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Meeting Highlights from American Academy of Pain Medicine 33rd Annual Meeting

Meeting Information

March 16-19, 2017
Orlando , FL

The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) held its 33rd Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. Every AAPM meeting has a theme. This year, the theme of "Pain as a Public Health Issue" was woven throughtout the plenary and concurrent sessions. With over 100 millino Americans in pain, there is a need for pain medicine clinicians to address this issue throug eveidence-based treatments and practice, noted Daniel B. Carr, MD, president of the AAPM.

AAPM has a tradition of of advocating for a model of multidisciplinary, interprofessional care that applies both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic measures to the needs of the individual patient. A 2-day preconference course emphasized this principle: Essential Tools for Treating the Patient in Pain.

The meeting addressed the public health issue of pain, including the keynote address on the topic of prescription opioids and the heroin crisis. Other important topics also included how to improve safe opioid prescribing and implement multimodal approaches to reduce costs and improve outcomes. 

From this Meeting:

Learn how simulation and immersive training can help teach fellows and residents about safe opioid prescribing.
Opioid use prior to hospitalization is associated with increased risk of hospital-acquired infections, including pneumonia and Clostridium difficile infections.
Individualized intensive outpatient pain management program reduces health care costs by 45%
Rehab for older adults found to improve functional outcomes and reduce depression and anxiety.
Investigators examined the interaction between chronic pain and post-traumatic pain disorder among veterans.
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