Program Needs Assessment
Interventional Pain management incorporates interventional treatment options for patients to reduce or eliminate the need for chronic conventional medication management (and/or opiate therapy). Interventional treatment options include: spinal cord stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation, vertebral augmentation, radiofrequency nerve ablation, etc. Since Interventional Pain Management is such a juvenile specialty, very few pain management physicians and anesthesiologists have gone through specific interventional fellowships and residencies. Training in the proper patient selection and utilization of these therapies is limited. Interventionalists need to attend and participate in training programs to receive education and skill based training in options available for patients.
Additionally, new guidelines are emerging.
It is important for the experts in the field to share the most current information and data available to assist physicians in selecting the right patients and right therapies to improve patient outcomes. Vital topics to be discussed are: New Innovations, Establishing Protocols, Neuromodulation, Complicated Cases, Intrathecal Drug Delivery, Conflicting Evidence and Research. At the conclusion of this meeting, attendees will develop rational guidelines to assist in improving access to care and treatment outcomes for chronic pain patients. Attendees will also understand the appropriate utilization of screening options and patient selection to identify those patients at significant risk of developing addictions to controlled substance or those that may abuse, misuse or divert medications prescribed for chronic pain.
- Discussion of new and established techniques in interventional pain management
- Discuss emerging trends and share the newest available data
- Determine gaps in education and provide updated information and data to improve patient outcomes
- Present the latest in evidence based medicine to support physicians in selecting the right patients for therapies
- Provide a format for information sharing and feedback