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Resource for Your Practice: Medication Management of Chronic Pain

A new book by Gerald M. Aronoff, MD, synthesizes the latest concepts impacting the clinical use of pharmacological pain management.

In his new book, Medication Management of Chronic Pain: What You Need to Know, Gerald M. Aronoff, MD, DABPM, DABPN, medical director of Carolina Pain Associates in Charlotte, North Carolina, and former president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, presents data to assist practitioners in their decision-making regarding medication management of complex chronic pain problems. The book addresses multiple topics of pain management, including: classes of medication, appropriate use of medication in the elderly population, marijuana use and its subsequent risk for healthcare providers, substance-abuse related treatments, driving and work risk factors for patients using pain medications, and the effects of smoking and surgery on outcomes in pain treatment. In this brief video, Dr. Aronoff speaks about the chapters discussing smoking and marijuana risks in pain patients:

“The many options for drug therapy described in this book, and the specific strategies employed for the safe and effective use of these options, should be known by every physician who contributes to the plan of care for chronic pain, and every patient who seeks to be a partner in a model of shared responsibility and self-care,” said Russell K. Portenoy, MD, executive director at the MJHS Institute for Innovation and Palliative Care in New York, NY, in a press release about the book. “This book is a needed resource at a time of intense focus on the problem of chronic pain.”

 “Dr. Aronoff not only synthesized data from scientific studies, but he has also incorporated the experience of many leading physicians into therapeutic algorithms,” said Peter S. Staats, MD, chief medical officer of the National Spine and Pain Centers. “In this way, he carefully intertwines the clinical ‘pearls’ that come only after years of experience with the outcomes of clinical trials.”

Dr. Aronoff received his medical degree from the New Jersey College of Medicine and has served as a pain consultant to the FDA Arthritis Advisory Committee.

Last updated on: July 12, 2018
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