PAINWeek Course Preview: The Groundhog Day Phenomenon—How to Avoid Reinventing the Wheel in Your Practice!

Q. Give us a brief overview of your course at PAINWeek 2015?

A. Despite a large amount of attention being given to the importance of pain and its management over the past 20 years, there seems to be a lack of consensus around a well-formulated approach to the assessment and management of people with chronic pain. This is especially glaring with respect to the use of opioid analgesics as part of the treatment plan. In my discussion and consultation with both small clinical practices and large academic settings, I’ve observed many who choose to “reinvent the wheel” seemingly unaware of the wealth of information, practice recommendations, guidelines, tools and education that already exists and is ready to be adopted and implemented.

This course will review the recent history of chronic pain and its management, discuss the issues related to the controversy surrounding treatment with opioids, including media coverage, and outline a standardized approach to adopting existing recommendations and guidelines into real-life clinical practice. With this, we can hopefully help negate the need to start from the beginning in tackling what are already challenging aspects of one of the most prevalent medical conditions.

Q. Who should plan to attend?

A. I think that the people most appropriate for this session are front-line practitioners who are looking for clinically relevant suggestions about how to approach chronic pain and its management in a reproducible way that fits with clinical practice.

Q. What will course participants learn that they can take back to their practices?

A. Participants will learn about policies, procedures, and recommendations that other researchers, clinicians, and organizations have already developed, and to implement them into clinical practice without having to invent them on their own.

Q. What is the “essential pearl” that PAINWeek participants will miss, if they miss your course?

A. How to avoid reinventing and developing strategies that already exist, and are not foreign. Let’s not become trapped in the Groundhog Day Phenomenon, where everyone seems to be reliving the same day over and over again!

As you review the Schedule and design your course agenda for PAINWeek 2015, plan to make this Special Interest Session (SIS-09) a part of your PAINWeek experience! We look forward to your participation at PAINWeek: The National Conference on Pain for Frontline Practitioners!

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