About AMA Pain Care Task Force

In August of 2018, the AMA convened the Pain Care Task Force, made up of representatives from 20 Federation member associations. The goal of the task force is to identify a set of priorities for improving pain care that are actionable and that will potentially provide opportunities for collaborative action. This group of clinicians and experts is working toward improvements in pain care by:

  • Exploring and making recommendations on augmenting medical education to help patients with evidence-based treatment options
  • Discussing strategies designed to prevent or mitigate acute pain and explore new research strategies to help prevent the development of chronic pain.
  • Involving primary care as well as multiple medical and surgical specialties that provide pain care.
  • Explore the question of neuropathic pain as a possible distinct disease state

Principles of Evidence Based and Evidence Informed Pain Care for Physicians

Treatment of pain ranges from simple and straightforward regimens for short term acute pain to long-term multimodal management of chronic and sometimes complex pain conditions. Although clinical practice guidelines will differ depending on the specific condition, practice setting and pain presentation, the AMA Pain Care Task Force has identified ten Principles of Care that all physicians can adopt.

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Pain-related Education

The AMA Ed Hub™ Opioid and Pain Management Course (44.25 Credits)

Explore guidelines, research, and treatments every prescriber should know including post-procedure pain management, non-opioid pain alternatives, and substance use disorder treatment.


The eLearning series “Practical Guidance for Pain Management” is also available on the AMA Ed Hub™. This series offers physicians and the broader care team access to educational content in a variety of topics across six modules:

  • Understanding pain and conducting a pain assessment
  • Treating common pain conditions
  • Using opioids safely
  • Using non-opioid medications
  • Using non-pharmacologic treatment modalities
  • Treating Older Adults

The modules are designed to be standalone, or can build into a curriculum, resulting in 9 AMA PRA category 1 credits. Based on positive physician feedback we’d received on a similar curriculum, we intentionally designed this series without audio narration (as many healthcare providers work in settings where audio playback is neither not practical or available), so the learner does not require speakers or headphones.

 

Barriers to Providing Evidence-Informed Pain Care to our Patients

Read article published in AMA Journal of Ethics, authored by AMA Pain Care Task Force.

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Key Terms in Pain Care

The AMA Pain Care Task Force developed a glossary of terms and definitions for commonly used language concerning the treatment of patients with pain.

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Resources

Pain Management Program 2018 Update

This program will cover topics in Pain Management including: Pain Assessment, Opioid Titration, Understanding and Managing Adverse Effects of Opioid Analgesics, and Achieving Balance: Under or Overtreatment of Pain in Oncology.

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