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Information for Pain Professionals

Stay on top of the latest integrative health practices and guidelines so you can develop effective and personalized pain care plans for your patients.

Below you’ll find important readings from your contemporaries in the practice of pain management, as well as collective thought leaders, including the CDC, the NIH, and the American Academy of Pain Medicine, to name a few.

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Read selected articles for professionals who manage pain.

National Pharmaceutical Council: Types of Treatments

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American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: The Rules
for Opioid Prescribing in 2018

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NIH NCCIH: Complementary, Alternative, or Integrative
Health: What’s In a Name?

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American Medical Association: Spotlight on Colorado—
Best Practices and Next Steps in the Opioid Epidemic

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Practical Pain Management: Common Alternative
Treatments for Chronic Pain

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Pain Management Guidelines

American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) Pain
Treatment Guidelines

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AAPM guidelines are intended as educational tools for healthcare providers and are based on clinical expertise and a review of the relevant literature by diverse groups of highly trained clinicians. This site includes a collection of the most up-to-date guidelines and consensus recommendations, and is updated regularly.

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CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids
for Chronic Pain

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed these guidelines to improve communication between providers and patients about the risks and benefits of opioid therapy for chronic pain and reduce the risks associated with long-term opioid therapy, including opioid use disorder and overdose.

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Practice Guidelines for Chronic Pain Management:
An Updated Report by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

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Practice guidelines developed by an ASA task force to optimize pain control; enhance functional abilities and physical and psychological well-being; enhance patient quality of life; and minimize adverse outcomes.

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Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians (ACP)

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Using the ACP grading system, the committee based these recommendations on a systematic review of randomized, controlled trials and systematic reviews published through April 2015 on noninvasive pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments for low back pain.

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Opioid Prescribing Guidelines: A State-by-State Overview

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A comprehensive list of guidelines for opioid prescribing by state.

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US Department of Veterans Affairs: Opioid Taper
Decision Tool

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A tool to assist primary care providers in determining if an opioid taper is necessary for a specific patient, performing the taper, and follow-up and support during the taper.

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Information on Opioid Use and Misuse

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration (SAMHSA)

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Articles on addressing the current opioid environment with information on getting help, current topics, letters and toolkits, public health efforts, and programs and campaigns.

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NIH National Institute on
Drug Abuse (NIDA)

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Website dedicated to pain management. Includes research, the latest science, trends and statistics, and resources for researchers, medical professionals, patients, parents, and children. Includes links to other NIDA sites and social media.

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American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM):
Eight Opioid Prescribing Principles for Clinicians

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Helpful tips for physicians prescribing opioids for
chronic pain.

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American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM):
Tools for Practice

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Helpful resources for physicians to assist practicing pain physicians treat their patients with pain.

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American Medical Association (AMA): Promote Safe Storage and Disposal of Opioids and All Medications

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Resource that addresses the risks of prescription opioids and other medications if they are not taken as prescribed, with steps needed to ensure safe storage and disposal of expired, unwanted, or unused medications.

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American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP):
Chronic Pain Management Toolkit

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This toolkit is designed to help family physicians identify gaps in practice flow, standardize evaluation and treatment of chronic pain patients, and facilitate conversations surrounding pain and treatment goals, as well as identify and mitigate risk.

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