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Monday, July 1, 2013

American Medical Association Enhances Pain Management Training Program

After the American Medical Association (AMA) received a grant from the Prescribers' Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapy (PCSS-O), the association revamped their education program for pain management.

Since opioids and prescription pain relievers began being mass produced in the United States, there have been many cases of substance abuse and dependence.  The online education program for pain management created by the AMA is dedicated to lessening this number by offering valuable education to new and experienced physicians.  What's great about the pain management training is that it's accessible online and divided into 12 modules.  Each module covers a different topic related to paint management.

Some of the modules include:

  • Assessing & Treating Pain in Patients with Substance Abuse Concern
  • Assessing and Treating Neuropathic Pain
  • Pharmacotherapy for Cancer Pain
In addition to these, there are 9 other online classes that deal with specific topics.  Currently, the price for each class is only six dollars.  After completion of a class, physicians receive credits through the AMA and non-physicians receive of certificate of participation.  Registering is easy and, best of all, you don't have to be a licensed physician.  This is comprehensive education for everyone!

According to the press release by the AMA regarding their new pain management education, "Misuse, abuse, addiction and unintentional poisonings from prescription opioids are a serious public health problem, and at the same time, a great deal of human pain and suffering remains inadequately treated."

The press release also states that around 100 million American suffer from chronic pain.  That's about a third of the country's population. 

With updated information on best practices for treating pain, it's highly probable that this number will eventually decrease.  In many cases, the competency of the physician is not the issue when dealing with pain management.  What makes pain management hard is staying updated on new medication, therapy and best practices for managing pain of a specific sort.

At Summit Med Center, our pain management physicians are kept up to date on the latest and best treatment methods for various types of diseases, disorders and sicknesses.  If you're experiencing any pain at all, our pain management physicians in Oklahoma will put you on the best track for safe, effective relief.



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