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Translating Algorithms to Clinical Practice in the Management of Patients With Chronic Pain: Focus on Intrathecal Delivery 

12-07-2013

Optimal pain management is a national health care priority, and the use of opioid therapy for patients with both acute and chronic pain is safer and more effective than ever before. However, for many patients with severe and intractable chronic pain, oral opioid therapy is not enough; other options are better suited to achieving pain control. Intrathecal (IT) therapy is becoming an increasingly accepted strategy for delivering opioid and non-opioid analgesics, as well as neuromodulators, for the management of intractable pain in appropriate patients. Evidence suggests that ongoing education is warranted to build and strengthen the use of evidence-based, best practices among clinicians regarding use of IT in pain management.

This symposium will help clinicians first identify patients who are candidates for IT pain management and then devise and modify the IT pain-treatment plan using an algorithm that balances efficacy and side effects and addresses common barriers to care.

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Filetype: MP4 - Size: 270.78MB - Duration: 54:51 m