An all-new track by the American Pain Society has been added to the conference curriculum this year. Entitled “New Developments in Evidence-Based Pain Assessment and Treatment,” the 4 course track is headed by APS President Roger B. Fillingim, PhD, who will present new findings on Quantitative Sensory Testing (QST) for mechanism based pain assessment. QST refers to a set of procedures that assess responses to standardized sensory stimuli (eg heat, cold, pressure) in order to determine how a patient’s sensory and pain perception systems are functioning. QST can provide clues as to what mechanisms may be driving a patient’s pain, and this may be helpful for selecting which treatment(s) will be most effective. “Quantitative Sensory Testing (QST) has long been a tool exploited by pain researchers; however, recent findings suggest that QST may be useful for making clinical decisions,” noted Dr. Fillingim. “During this session, I will discuss QST methods and findings, and we will have the opportunity to demonstrate a few QST methods. I hope that by the end of the session, attendees will feel more comfortable using QST in their own practices as part of their standard assessment of patients.”
Read more about the APS course track and the rest of the comprehensive agenda at PAINWeek 2013 here.