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Dr. Eva Szigethy presents on chronic noncancer pain, including risk factors, assessment, empirically supported non-opioid pharmacotherapy, and behavioral interventions.

Educational objectives:
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Review chronic noncancer pain in terms of the definition, types, assessment strategies, and associated risk factors.
  • Implement empirically supported non-opioid pharmacotherapy and behavioral interventions for chronic noncancer pain.
  • Discuss the risks, risk management strategies, and alternatives to using opioid medications for chronic noncancer pain.

Reading Resources:

  1. Gallagher RM. President's Message. AAPM Expands the Reach of Pain Medicine to Address the Public Health Problem of Chronic Pain. Pain Med. 2009 Nov;10(8):1331-3.
  2. Manchikanti L, Helm S 2nd, Fellows B, Janata JW, Pampati V, Grider JS, Boswell MV. Opioid Epidemic in the United States. Pain Physician. 2012 Jul;15(3 Suppl):ES9-38.
  3. Mehendale AW, Goldman MP, Mehendale RP. Opioid Overuse Pain Syndrome (OOPS): The Story of Opioids, Prometheus Unbound. J Opioid Manag. 2013 Nov-Dec;9(6):421-38.

Dr. Szigethy has financial interests with the following any entity or entities producing health care goods or services as indicated below:

  • Research Support: NIH, NIMH, Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America
  • Consultant: iHope Networks LLC, AbbVie Inc., Merck Inc.  
  • Other Support: Honorarium from GI Health Foundation to write a review on narcotic bowel syndrome and royalties from APPI Inc. for editing book on cognitive behavioral therapy.  

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.1) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 1 contact hour.

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Release Date: 5/29/2015 | Last Modified On: 5/29/2015 | Expires: 5/29/2016

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