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In the shadow of the current opioid epidemic, nurse practitioners (NPs) are leading the charge in pain management solutions, innovation and best practices. The Pain Management Specialty Practice Group (SPG) offers a unique opportunity to interactively collaborate with colleagues who share interest or clinical expertise in pain management. As an SPG member, you’ll have access to a cutting-edge, online forum where you can engage in discussions, document sharing and knowledge exchange with fellow NPs. Come learn, share and help progress the development of theory and practice in pain management.
In the midst of our nation’s current opioid epidemic, it is imperative we, as pain specialists, stay informed and up to date on evidence-based clinical practices. Sharing information and treatment modalities is essential in effectively treating pain, especially in an era of transparency and patient satisfaction scores. I am honored to be co-chair of the Pain Management SPG and facilitate these relationships across the U.S.
According to the Institute of Medicine Report 2011: “Chronic pain affects 100 million U.S. adults, is the No. 1 reason people are out of work and is the leading reason that people seek medical attention, costing the nation upwards of $635 billion annually — more than heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined.” Given the burden of unmanaged pain in regard to human suffering, societal burden and health care dollars spent, providing effective pain management is a national priority and ethical responsibility. Switching from the old bio-medical model to a bio-psychosocial model of pain management is not easy. With all the hype, fear and miscommunication regarding the best way to care for patients with pain (particularly during this time of opioid prescribing scrutiny), the Pain Management SPG is a needed forum for clinicians and others to dialogue, network and discuss issues important to their practices.
Join this growing SPG community and engage with other like-minded NPs with an interest in pain management. Take part in interactive discussion and debate, gain support and explore Q&As and always be on top of the latest available news, education and information.