2:45 PM–3:45 PM Friday, February 28

Women’s Issues and Gender Bias in Pain Treatment, Research & Policy: An Interactive Multidisciplinary Panel (211)

Join us for an interactive, multidisciplinary panel and rich discussion of issues common to women in the broad field of pain medicine. Learn from senior and junior women as their share their trials, tribulations and successful navigation of challenging issues -- such as gender bias -- and hear their wisdom on how to avoid common pitfalls facing women today. The panel includes a pain physician fellow, a senior clinical pain research professor and psychologist, an NIH basic science program officer, and the director of a pain fellowship program. The session strongly emphasizes audience engagement and participation. The panel composition was selected for panelist diversity in age, career stage, professional discipline, and ethnic/racial group. Come be a part of this special session of women helping women! (Men welcome too.)

NCCIH Basic Science Program Officer

Inna Belfer

Senior Clinical Pain Research Professor

Tonya Palermo

Pain Medicine Fellow

Juliet Gaisey

Pain Fellowship Program Director

ToNhu Vu

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss 3 challenges women face in the broad fields of pain medicine and research.
  • List 2 strategies that can be applied to mitigate professional gender bias.
  • List 2 resources that can help women address professional gender bias.
9:15 AM–10:15 AM Saturday, February 29

Deconstructing Pelvic Pain: Differential Diagnosis and Interdisciplinary Treatment (304)

Chronic pelvic pain affects 15% of women ages 18 to 50 years old. An interactive problem-based learning discussion with multidisciplinary speakers will review the broad differential diagnoses of pelvic pain, discuss appropriate specialist referral, and identify evidence-based strategies for pelvic pain management.

Diagnosing and Treating Pelvic Pain: Pain Medicine Perspectives

Jennifer Hah

Diagnosing and Treating Pelvic Pain: Urogynecologic Perspectives

Marian G. Acevedo Alvarez

Treating Pelvic Pain: Psychosocial Perspectives

Ravi Prasad

Learning Objectives:

  • Differentiate bladder pain syndrome/interstitial cystitis from a myriad of other pelvic pain conditions including endometriosis, vulvodynia, and peripheral nerve entrapments.
  • Identify the role(s) of various specialists (e.g., pain medicine specialist, urologist, pain psychologist, and physical therapist) in the evidence-based interdisciplinary treatment of pelvic pain.
8:30–9:30 AM Sunday, March 1

Using Mobile Health (mHealth) Technology to Improve Acute and Chronic Pain: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going? (403)

Increasingly, text messaging, pain apps, social media, movement monitors, and telemedicine are being used as part of clinical treatment in pain medicine. Unfortunately, little attention has been given to knowing how mHealth technology can best be used with those who deal with daily pain and the providers who treat them.

mHealth Technology for Management of Pain: Implementation of Electronic Pain Assessment, Smartphone Pain Apps, Activity Data Recorders, and Teletherapy in Pain Medicine

Robert Jamison

Key Issues Related to mHealth and Pain Care in Patients in Later Life

Cary Reid

Who Benefits from Artificial Intelligence and Use of a Pain App in Pain Medicine? - Lessons Learned in Clinical Practice

Edgar Ross

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize evidence regarding the use of mHealth technology (smartphone pain apps, text messaging, activity monitors, telemedicine) in different clinical settings with special patient populations (cancer and noncancer pain; pediatric and geriatric subjects).
  • Describe the clinical challenges associated with using innovative mHealth technology for remotely monitoring and managing acute and chronic pain.
  • Discuss future areas of research designed to assess reliability, validity, and feasibility of remote data collection and improve compliance (two-way messaging, gamification) with use of mHealth technology with acute and chronic pain patients.

Robert Jamison


Cary Reid

Edgar Ross

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