Numerous pain medications are available, presenting a challenge for clinicians to determine which one is best for a particular patient.
Developing and implementing prevention strategies that include psychosocial approaches has become critical in the face of the chronic pain epidemic.
The Risk Index for Overdose or Serious Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression (RIOSORD) is a validated tool that can help clinicians quantify a patient's risk of overdose.
To illustrate his point, Mr. Adler compared abuse-deterrent opioids with the advances in safety technology in the motor vehicle industry.
The drugs most commonly used today in emergency departments are acetaminophen, NSAIDs, and opioids, but that other medications and modalities may actually be more efficacious.
Sustained response was seen in patients who demonstrated improvement following an interdisciplinary pain program.
"Coaching is the most effective modality to help patients utilize their own logic to get where they didn't know they wanted to go," stated Becky Curtis, PCC.