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Statement of Need Pain is one of the most prevalent medical complaints in the U.S. For the millions of Americans who experience persistent pain, the impact on function and quality of life can be profound; such pain is associated with a high utilization of healthcare and substantial economic costs. Many options exist for paint management. Physicians must utilize a rational approach to the selection, administration, and titration of medications used in pain management, while integrating useful nonpharmacologic options. Although opioid medications are commonly viewed as drugs of choice for acute pain and the pain of terminal illness, their use for chronic non-cancer pain has increased substantially during the past two decades in association with a deeply concerning rise in prescription drug abuse, unintentional overdoses, and deaths. Physicians need current, state-of-art education to develop the skills necessary to manage patients with persistent pain, including determining whether opioid analgesics are appropriate for use, and if so, to use them safely and effectively.
Planning Committee Barry D. Dickinson, PhD - CME Program Committee, Secretary, Council on Science & Public Health, American Medical Association Rita LePard - CME Program Committee, American Medical Association Russell K Portenoy, MD - Contributing Author, Planning Committee, Chairman, Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care, Beth Israel Medical Center New York, NY Professor of Neurology and Anesthesiology Albert Einstein College of Medicine Bronx, NY Janet Williams, MA – Product Manager Senior Policy Analyst, American Medical Association
Faculty Russell K. Portenoy, MD - Contributing Author , Chairman, Department of Pain Medicine, and Palliative Care, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY, Professor of Neurology and Anesthesiology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY Arthur G. Lipman, PharmD, FASHP - Clinical Content Reviewer, University Professor, Department of Pharmacotherapy, College of Pharmacy, Adjunct Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine, Director of Clinical Pharmacology, Pain Management Center, University Health Care, University of Utah Health Sciences Center, Editor, Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
Charles E. Argoff, MD – Reviewer, Professor of Neurology, Albany Medical College, Director, Comprehensive Pain Center, Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY
Jonathan S. Berek, MD, MMS - Clinical Content Reviewer, Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Director, Stanford Women's Cancer Center, Stanford Cancer Institute, Stanford, CA
Reed Thompson, MD , FACS - Clinical Content Reviewer, Associate Professor, Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR
Karen Knox, PhD, RN, ARNP, MSN, MPH, ACNS-BC - Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Clinical Content Reviewer, Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Allen College, Waterloo, IA
Vitaly Gordin, MD - Reviewer, Director for Pain Division, Department of Anesthesiology, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA
Martin Grabois, MD- Reviewer, President, American Academy of Pain Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Houston, Texas
Bill McCarberg, MD – Reviewer, Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California, San Diego, CA, Founder, Chronic Pain Management Program, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, Escondido, CA
Cheryl L. Lambing, MD – Reviewer, Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California , Los Angeles, Medical Director for Professional and Community, Education and Outreach, Ventura County Health Care Agency, Ventura, CA
Bruce Ferrell, MD - Director, Reviewer, UCLA Adult Palliative Care Services, University of California, Los Angeles, CA Seddon R. Savage, MD, MS - Reviewer, Pain Consultant, Manchester VAMC, Adjunct Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Department of Anesthesiology, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH