Few measures exist to evaluate efficacy of pain clinics, study says
Standardized outcome measures are needed to help patients, clinicians and health systems evaluate the efficacy of pain clinics, according to a report in the Journal of Pain and Research. "Conflicting data exist as to whether variables routinely assessed in clinics, such as pain scores, quality-of-life indicators, comorbidities, and patient demographics, correlate with or even predict such outcome measures as pain relief or patient satisfaction," researchers wrote. HCPLive
Pain characteristics help ID patients with serious conditions
An important key in lower back pain is whether it is noctural and unrelieved by rest, Dr. Robert Janson told an internal medicine conference hosted by the University of Colorado. He said that question can help identify the 5% of patients whose back pain is caused by serious systemic pathology and may indicate the presence of a condition such as inflammatory back pain or axial spondyloarthropathy, he said. Family Practice News
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Md. task force report offers 10 ways to reduce heroin, opioid abuse
Maryland's Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force this week released an interim report with 10 recommendations for reducing drug abuse and spending $2 million earmarked by the governor for addressing the issue. Two recommendations included launching a public service announcement video campaign and having Maryland State Police officers get training on the Good Samaritan Law. WMDT-TV (Salisbury, Md.)
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Check it out -- APS news
Have you visited the APS website lately? Take a look at the APS News section on the homepage of the newly redesigned website. Learn the latest on APS events and activities and other valuable information With regular updates, this makes it easy for you to stay involved in pain related news regarding research, education, treatment and advocacy. Explore our new page, Resources, which is designed for researchers, clinicians, and patients looking for new and educational information regarding pain and pain management. Learn more.
Call for poster abstracts -- now open!
The APS Scientific Program Committee (SPC) invites you to submit a poster abstract and present to hundreds of pain professionals at the 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting in Austin, Texas. The SPC is seeking original research that has not been previously presented or published elsewhere, prior to the APS meeting. All accepted posters will be presented at the 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting in Austin, May 11-14, and will be published in a supplement to The Journal of Pain. Learn more.
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