In Pain Management, Risks Abound

In Pain Management, Risks Abound
The Alliance for Balanced Pain Management (AfBPM), at its second National Summit, continued to identify ways to improve access to integrated pain management and to support the sensible and safe use of prescription medicines for patients in pain. The issues raised are especially of importance to those with chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia. AfBPM is a heterogeneous collective of 24 healthcare groups, patient organizations, industry representatives, and other stakeholders. "Patient safety, responsible medicine use and access to appropriate care — such as physical therapy and rehabilitation, psychological counseling, complementary care and medicine — are important components of balanced pain management that benefit both people with pain and society at large," Bob Twillman, PhD, an  AfBPM member and Executive Director for the American Academy of Pain Management, said in a press release. Dr. Twillman was also the keynote speaker at the Summit, held on Nov. 12-13. "It's critical that we move from a one-size-fits-all approach to one that considers individual factors such as age, physical abilities and support systems to optimize pain management," Dr. Twillman said. "We also need to make sure that people are aware of potential risks and issues associated with some pain medicines and that we safeguard medicines if they are prescribed." Even though awareness is growing about the potential for inadvertent and serious consequences in pain management, there is more to be done, Summit members stressed. Unintended consequences can appear in many forms — a family
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