The treatment of chronic pain has been through several changes over the past half century. In the 1980s, an increased emphasis on recognizing and treating pain led to a vast increase in the use of opioids. We are now aware of the consequences of this, and prolonged use can lead to loss of function, increase in affective disorders, increased healthcare utilization and decreased quality of life. Appropriate and prudent opioid prescribing is of utmost importance and there now exist several guidelines. In addition, weaning opioids and changing behavior in those patients with chronic, noncancer pain can result in improved quality of life and restored function.
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
Understand core concepts in the treatment of chronic pain.
Gain insight to how opioids became over utilized and the consequences of this.