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The Opioid Epidemic: Why Your Prescribing Habits Matter

The Opioid Epidemic: Why Your Prescribing Habits Matter

If physicians have a genuine interest in acting with beneficence and nonmaleficence, they should recognize that their prescribing habits have significant consequences for their patients.

Dealing With The Demand For Opioids: A Clinician's Guide

Dealing With The Demand For Opioids: A Clinician's Guide

Anthony Mariano, PhD, gives insight into dealing with patients' demands for opioids.

Genotyping's Role In Predicting Optimal Opioid Dosing

Genotyping's Role In Predicting Optimal Opioid Dosing

Increasing evidence supports the notion that an individual's specific response to pain or pain treatments may be affected by particular gene polymorphisms.

Managing Patients With Chronic Pain: A Resources Toolkit

Managing Patients With Chronic Pain: A Resources Toolkit

An interview with Penney Cowan, founder and chief executive officer of the American Chronic Pain Association, where she discusses the ACPA's publication aimed at helping healthcare practitioners improve care of patients with chronic pain.

Cannabis: Health Effects and Therapeutic Benefits

Cannabis: Health Effects and Therapeutic Benefits

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has released a report on cannabis and cannabinoids, outlining current knowledge and giving recommendations for future research.

PACC Updates Guidelines on Intrathecal Therapy for Pain

PACC Updates Guidelines on Intrathecal Therapy for Pain

The updated guidelines address guidance on dosing, including reduced starting and maintenance dosing, and safety precautions for diagnosing and treating complications.

Continual Chronic Pain Domain Assessment Improves Diagnosis and Treatment

Continual Chronic Pain Domain Assessment Improves Diagnosis and Treatment

Chronic pain management is dependent on the continuous assessment of pain to determine the effectiveness of the treatment.

New Pain Scale Developed to Better Assess Impact of Chronic Pain

New Pain Scale Developed to Better Assess Impact of Chronic Pain

Researchers have developed a new self-reported pain scale utilizing more detailed descriptions of patient activity patterns

Are Physicians Equipped to Handle Consequences of Medical Cannabis Use?

Are Physicians Equipped to Handle Consequences of Medical Cannabis Use?

Cannabis-related poison control calls and hospital discharges spike with wider availability.

Revisiting Whether Stronger Opioids Are More Effective in Noncancer Pain

Revisiting Whether Stronger Opioids Are More Effective in Noncancer Pain

Are we overestimating the efficacy of step III analgesics?

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Central Risk Factors May Contribute to Neuropathic-Like Knee Pain

Central Risk Factors May Contribute to Neuropathic-Like Knee Pain

Neuropathic-like knee pain may be driven by central risk factors that include depression, anxiety, and pain catastrophizing.

What Do Clinicians Do in Response to Aberrant Urine Drug Test Results?

What Do Clinicians Do in Response to Aberrant Urine Drug Test Results?

After an aberrant urine drug test result in patients on opioid therapy, the majority of clinicians were found to change opioid dosing or enact another strategy to reduce opioid-related risks.

How to Prevent Tech Neck in 8 Steps

How to Prevent Tech Neck in 8 Steps

Spending your day updating electronic health records, researching, and sending emails can be a pain in the neck - figuratively and literally. Here are 8 tips to prevent tech neck.

Inflammatory Back Pain Resolves in Many Patients

Inflammatory Back Pain Resolves in Many Patients

Inflammatory back pain often resolves, while in 30% of patients it progresses to spondyloarthritis within 10 years.

Opioid Use in Osteoarthritis Linked to Worse Pain Interference, Functioning

Opioid Use in Osteoarthritis Linked to Worse Pain Interference, Functioning

In patients with osteoarthritis, chronic pain is a primary symptom that may limit daily activities and impair function.

Pain Scores After Total Knee Arthroplasty May Predict Chronic Opioid Use

Pain Scores After Total Knee Arthroplasty May Predict Chronic Opioid Use

Acute postoperative pain scores were found to be associated with chronic opioid use after total knee arthroplasty in patients taking opioid medications prior to intervention.

Multiple Factors to Consider When Selecting NSAIDs for Arthritis

Multiple Factors to Consider When Selecting NSAIDs for Arthritis

Factors to be considered when choosing the correct NSAID for arthritis include effectiveness, concurrent health conditions, and frequency of use.

Psychosocial Interventions May Improve Outcomes in Orthopedic Surgery

Psychosocial Interventions May Improve Outcomes in Orthopedic Surgery

Psychosocial interventions such as patient education and relaxation techniques may help reduce pain after orthopedic surgery and improve quality of clinical care.

Consensus Guidelines for the Use of Intravenous Ketamine for Chronic Pain

Consensus Guidelines for the Use of Intravenous Ketamine for Chronic Pain

A panel of experts formulated consensus guidelines for physicians who use intravenous ketamine infusions to treat chronic pain.

Increased Rates of Opioid- and Injection Drug Use-Related Septic Knee Arthritis

Increased Rates of Opioid- and Injection Drug Use-Related Septic Knee Arthritis

The percentage of patients with septic arthritis related to opioid or injection drug use was found to have increased from 2000 to 2013.

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