PAINWeekEnd Richmond 2019, scheduled to take place October 12 at The Westin Richmond in Virginia, offers clinicians and allied healthcare practitioners 6.0 hours of instruction in the management of chronic pain.

During the 1-day conference, attendees will be able to earn up to 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credits as they mingle with faculty and their colleagues.

David Cosio, PhD, ABPP, will present “Falling Down the Rabbit Hole: A Primer for Chronic Pain Management and Substance Abuse Disorders,” at the conference.

As the economic, mental health, and medical consequences of prescribing opioid medications have mounted, the prevailing logic regarding the usefulness of prescribing opioids for chronic pain has shifted.

“Given the high level of comorbidity between opioid use disorders and chronic pain, providers’ decisions about how to address treatment with patients who may have, or who have been diagnosed with, substance use disorders are often complex,” Cosio says, in a media release from PAINWeek.

“In this session, we’ll be exploring how patient and provider education programs and communication interventions may improve outcomes in pain management. Participants will also learn how to select candidates for opioid trials, assess for risk, and initiate opioid therapy, but only after exploring nonopioid and nonpharmacological strategies.”

Cosio will also present “The Gentle Art of Saying No: How to Establish Appropriate Boundaries With Chronic Pain Patients” at the conference.

Other course topics will include: “Pain Management at Ground Zero”; “The Gang that Couldn’t Shoot Straight: Revisiting the CDC Guideline”; “Thug Drugs”; and “Migraine and More.”

Commercially supported activities—addressing a range of product, disease state, and medical information topics—will also be presented.

For more information about this or other regional conferences, and to register, visit PAINWeekEnd.

[Source(s): PAINWeek, PRWeb]