The AAPM 2020 educational program will be available in fall 2019. In the meantime browse 2019 meeting sessions and speakers to get a sense of the premier pain education offered during the AAPM Annual Meeting & Preconferences. Access recordings of past meeting sessions on demand.

5–6 pm Friday, March 8

Cutting Edge Science and Clinical Practice: Buprenorphine/Naloxone for Pain and Opioid Use Disorder (215)

Opioid use disorder (OUD) and pain often co-occur, complicating the treatment of each condition. Research relevant to the use of buprenorphine/naloxone for treatment of patients with opioid use disorder and chronic pain will be presented. Participants will learn about approaches for managing patients with OUD while effectively treating pain.

Opioid Use Disorder Cascade of Care and Adoption of Evidence-Based Practices

Kristen Huntley, PhD

The Role of Buprenorphine When Benefit No Longer Outweighs Harm of Long-Term Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain

William Becker

Acute and Perioperative Pain Management in Patients Taking Buprenorphine

Andrew A. Herring, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Express the complexity of diagnosing OUD in the setting of long-term opioid therapy for pain.
  • Describe appropriate treatment approaches for patients with pain and OUD.
  • Apply best practice strategies for the management of acute and perioperative pain for patients on buprenorphine/naloxone and demonstrate the uses of intravenous buprenorphine for acute and perioperative pain.
3:34–4:45 pm Friday, March 8

Chronic Post-Surgical Pain: Which Patients? Why? What Can Be Done? (211)

Chronic post-surgical pain (CPSP) is increasingly recognized as a serious chronic pain entity that is challenging to manage. CPSP often severely affects quality of life, contributes to chronic opioid use and increasing health care costs. This session will examine the epidemiology and pathophysiology of CPSP. We will also address risk factors associated, evidence-based preventative strategies and multimodal approaches that may help prevent or mitigate CPSP.

Epidemiology and Pathophysiology

David Clark

Risk Factors: Preventative Strategies with Ketamine and Lidocaine Infusions

May L. Chin, MD

Multimodal Management of Chronic Post-Surgical Pain

Neel D. Mehta, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Review epidemiology and pathophysiology of CPSP.
  • Review risk factors and preventative strategies including ketamine and lidocaine infusions for CPSP.
  • Discuss evidence-based multimodal approach to management of CPSP.
11 am–Noon Friday, March 8

The 'Newish' Skill of Measuring Pain Care in Routine Clinical Practice and Outcomes So Far (203)

Why you should collect patient reported outcomes in your practice, how to do it, and what the collected data in tens of thousands of patients tells us thus far.

Enhancing Patient by Patient Clinical Decision-Making Using Patient Reported Outcomes

Ajay D. Wasan, MD MSc

Overcoming the Challenges to Deploying an Electronic Patient-Reported Outcomes Tracking System

Gwynne Kirchen, MD

Advances In Medical Informatics and Cutting Edge Data Analysis of Registry Data

Sean Mackey, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Assess the practical mechanics involved in measuring pain care.
  • Explain what the collected registry data tells us thus far.
  • Restate the cutting edge medical informatics and data analysis approaches that are used to analyze such data.
9:15–10:15 am Saturday, March 9

Patient-Centered Prescription Opioid Tapering: Recipes for Success Across Practice Settings (303)

This session describes low-cost, low-risk, scalable methods to engage patients in compassionate opioid tapering across practice settings. Faculty are opioid tapering experts (2 physicians and a psychologist) from VA, community, and academic settings. Become equipped to screen and partner with patients, implement a successful taper, manage pitfalls, and optimize results.

Threading the Needle: Psychological Strategies to Achieve the Goals of Opioid De-Prescribing and Patient-Centered Pain Care

Beth Darnall, PhD

Opioid Tapering in the VA Healthcare System: Resources, Pitfalls, and Best Practices

Aram Mardian, MD

Boots on the Ground for the Private Practice Prescriber: Patient-Centered Opioid Tapering

Richard L. Stieg, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the results for pragmatic patient-centered prescription opioid tapering research.
  • List 3 core principles of patient-centered prescription opioid tapering.
  • List 3 psychological and medical strategies that enhance patient engagement and response to outpatient prescription opioid tapering.
9:45–10:45 am Sunday, March 10

Mobile-Assisted Treatment: Health-Tech Innovations to Enhance Pain Care and Addiction Treatment (408)

Combining Pain Treatment with Community Based Support Enhanced by Wearable Technology in Patients with Dual Diagnosis. Mobile applications hold the promise of improving chronic pain care in patients with dual diagnosis by facilitating access to resources that minimize unnecessary readmission and relapse of substance use.

Taming the Two-Headed Monster: Managing the Patient with Dual Diagnoses of Chronic Pain and Substance Use Disorder

Vitaly Gordin

Connecting the Disconnected: Online Support Networks For Addiction Recovery

Thomas Simpatico

Enhancing Hub & Spoke Medication-Assisted Treatment with Mobile Applications and Biosensors

Eric Dentler

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the incidence of chronic pain in patients with SUD.
  • Demonstrate the appropriate approach to pain management in this patient population.
  • Identify emerging community based approaches including wearable technologies that help monitoring these patient and potentially prevent a relapse.
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