More than 100 million American adults suffer from chronic pain, making pain more prevalent than heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined. Addressing this public health problem of pain while also facing our nation’s opioid crisis continues to be a primary challenge, responsibility, and – ultimately – opportunity for the field of pain medicine. Innovative solutions to address these dual crises are rapidly emerging, and the 2019 AAPM Annual Meeting is a must-attend event for clinicians and their teams members treating patients in pain to ensure they’re up-to-speed on the latest advancements in the field.
The AAPM 35th Annual Meeting & Preconferences at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO, March 6-10, 2019, brought together members of the pain care team for five days of comprehensive pain education, presentation, discussion, and networking.
Educational sessions focused on the AAPM theme, State-of-the-Art Advancements in Pain Medicine, which was selected by AAPM President, Jianguo Cheng, MD, PhD, to advance clinical practice that is mechanism-guided, evidence-based, and personalized in nature.
Attendees obtained tangible, hands-on, discussion- and case-based experiences focusing on:
Best practices in treating patients with acute, chronic, and end-of-life pain
The latest science and advancements related to treating pain through an integrated multidisciplinary and multimodal approach
Promising, new therapeutic strategies emerging in areas such as pharmacotherapy, stem cell therapy, and neuromodulation
Bench to bedside translation of science exploring the molecular and cellular mechanisms of pain.
It is increasingly clear that the future of pain medicine practice should be patient-centered, multidisciplinary, and integrated. Research of pain should focus on finding innovative delivery models, treatment, drugs/biologics, and devices. This will be based on new therapeutic strategies and better mechanistic understanding at molecular and cellular levels.
In addition to focusing on how emerging science and research will improve future clinical pain practice, the 2019 AAPM Annual Meeting will also offered an opportunity to reflect on how far the field of pain medicine has come. This year AAPM celebrates its 35th anniversary, marking decades of work to advance and promote the full spectrum of multidisciplinary pain care, education, advocacy, and research to improve function and quality of life for people in pain.