Ongoing education


Today I received my regular monthly e-letter from Pain.com.

What a wonderful thing the internet is!! Brought right to my inbox on my laptop, well-written, authoritative ongoing education about pain.

What’s in the newsletter this month?
A couple of pharmaceutical items on polypharmacology:
Pharmacologic Management of Chronic Pain: NSAIDs to Opioids
, and Chronic Pain Management with Opioids: Prevention of Misuse, Abuse and Diversion
Notice that both of these are supported by Alpharma, so be aware of the potential for bias – but open disclosure is a good step to take to ensure you as readers are aware of this potential!

Pain.com also has a series of Monthly Modules, often containing good articles on nonpharmacologic approaches to pain management. The April selection includes The effect of long-term body awareness training succeeding a multimodal cognitive behavior program for patients with widespread pain. Anderson B et al;
Interaction of psychosocial risk factors explain increased neck problems among female office workers. Johnston V et al;

Pain assessment in musculoskeletal pain patients by heart rate variability. Chuang CC et al; Mental disorders in chronic pain patients. Twillman RK.

The great thing is that you can get certificates to document the learning you have completed, which is great for those of us who have to demonstrate evidence of ongoing learning for professional registration.

The site also has the Pain Library which is ‘A comprehensive compilation of full text articles and abstracts, solely dedicated to the prevention, detection, diagnosis, and complete range of treatment modalities across the pain continuum.’ You can search on a range of terms such as ‘cognitive behavioural therapy’ and find a lot of relevant articles free!!
I’m less impressed with the patient-related area which does emphasise a biomedical approach to pain and pain management – but you can’t have everything!

They’ve also recently introduced RSS feed – this is what they say

You asked! We listened! RSS (Really Simple Syndication) has been recently added to Pain.com. Perhaps you have noticed the new button in the upper right next to “Subscribe to the latest CME activities”? RSS makes it possible for Pain.com users to keep up with their favorite web sites in an automated manner that’s easier than checking them manually. Each time Pain.com is updated, you will be the first to know.

–And it really is just that simple – you can even do it for my blog! Just go up to the RSS link at the top of the page, click on it, and you’ll be guided through the process to receive blog updates as often as you like. Go on, do it – you know you want to!!

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