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The prescribers of opioid medications for pain and addiction are under heavy scrutiny from state regulators, law enforcement, and plaintiffs' attorneys. With benzodiazepine related overdose deaths quadrupling between 2001 and 2013, and sedative induced impairment garnering increasing attention in...

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Fierce debates rage on about chronic pain. These include the utility of chronic opioid therapy, the value proposition of multidisciplinary approaches, reimbursement related issues, risk of aberrant drug related behaviors, along with many other questions related to assessment and treatment...

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UDT is the preferred tool in patient centered care, and is increasingly important in risk management. Heit and Gourlay discuss how it can offer clinicians insight into patient identification, treatment, and monitoring, and provide objective data for risk evaluation.

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A number of validated risk assessment tools are available to the prescribing clinician, and their use is increasingly important in the current environment for opioid therapy. A clinical psychologist and Certified Pain Educator summarizes what the frontline practitioner should know about the pros and...

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We know more now about the risk factors and patients who may be good candidates for naloxone.  These would include patients on higher doses of opioids, patients with complicated comorbidities like renal or hepatic disease, sleep apnea, and most obviously,  those with active substance abuse, or a...

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Patient screening and risk management in opioid therapy is really quite a challenge and requires significant knowledge of the medications particularly with high-dose opioids.  First of all, you have to make a decision of whether or not, as the dose escalates, the patient should even be on opioids...

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The Chronic Migraine Education Program (CMEP) gives frontline practitioners a bird’s eye view of chronic migraine. It introduces concepts about diagnosis, on risk factors, of what to watch out for patients who may have frequent episodic migraine and the risk factors for conversion to chronic...

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A specialist in orthopedic regenerative medicine overviews a therapeutic option for musculoskeletal pain that carries a low risk profile while delivering high success rates. In use for many years, newer advanced forms of prolotherapy are now part of the pain management arsenal. Watch the segment to...

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Medical recordkeeping has the potential to be reduced to checkboxes: I’ve done this, I’ve done that, I’m good with the people who will review my records, so I’m done. But I think integrating the information in a meaningful fashion is the next level that we’re trying to get clinicians to go to. So in...

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It turns out that psychological factors strongly correlate with prescription for opioids and also for opioid dose. Some of those factors are depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and history of substance use disorder.  So a person’s history and also their current psychological make-up...

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