Pain is a highly prevalent condition, with recent estimates suggesting that chronic pain affects approximately one-third of the U.S. population and constitutes one of the most common symptoms for which patients seek medical attention. It is associated with intense personal suffering, high rates of disability, and an economic burden surpassing half a trillion dollars per year due to the cost of medical treatment and productivity losses. Concerns about undertreatment of pain have led to rapid growth in the rates of prescription opioids and a dramatic increase in the prevalence of prescription opioid use disorders, which themselves pose risks of premature mortality. Psychiatrists often see patients with pain, yet most psychiatrists feel uncertain about their role in the treatment of pain. This presentation discusses treatments for pain, including pharmacological, nonpharmacological and multimodal approaches, to assist the general psychiatrist in the recognition and assessment of pain, provide a framework for determining treatment, including when to refer to a pain specialist, and how to avoid common pitfalls in the management of pain.
**This content was captured at the 2017 APA Annual Meeting and may reference information from various sources and terminology from previous editions of the DSM.
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- Describe the role of the general psychiatrist in managing pain
- Explain common pharmacological and nonpharmacological approaches to pain
- Discuss benefits and risks of using opioids to treat pain
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Estimated Duration: 30 minutes
Begin Date: February 1, 2019
End Date: December 31, 2021
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- Eric D. Collins, M.D., Columbia University. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Tristan Gorrindo, M.D., Director of Education, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Ricardo A. Juarez, M.S., Director, District Branch and International Relations, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
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