Developing and implementing prevention strategies that include psychosocial approaches has become critical in the face of the chronic pain epidemic.
Numerous pain medications are available, presenting a challenge for clinicians to determine which one is best for a particular patient.
"We have 2 big epidemics and we have 2 problems; we need to solve those problems...with complex public health solutions, better drugs, and better practice—not simply constant downward pressure on prescribing," said Dr Passik.
To illustrate his point, Mr. Adler compared abuse-deterrent opioids with the advances in safety technology in the motor vehicle industry.
"Interdisciplinary approaches should not be viewed as a treatment pathway on which to embark after other interventions have failed; rather, it should be the framework employed from the start of care," said Dr Prasad.
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.
Today, chronic pain specialists face the dilemma of how to treat a patient's pain appropriately without feeding the opioid overuse epidemic.
"This is all falling on the shoulders of people in the frontline, people in primary care. These consensuses have to come from the organizations that have the [ears of] clinicians and primary care physicians," said Kevin L. Zacharoff, MD, in his presentation at PainWeek 2016.
"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.
Sustained response was seen in patients who demonstrated improvement following an interdisciplinary pain program.
Providers may overlook or be unaware of the different tools available to them to assist them in pain management decisions.