Strategies for Success in Intrathecal Pain Management– Optimal pain management is a national healthcare priority and we have come a long way in improving the safe and effective use of opioid therapy for patients with both acute and chronic pain. However, for many patients with chronic pain that is severe and intractable, oral opioid therapy is not enough; other options are better suited to achieving pain control. One such option is intrathecal (IT) therapy, which is becoming an increasingly accepted strategy for using both opioid and non-opioid analgesics, and neuromodulators, for the management of intractable pain in appropriate patients. Applying evidence-based patient selection criteria is central to achieving success as are integrating trialing and individualizing the titration schedule for each patient. This replay of a symposium at at national pain meeting will provide the evidence and insight that are warranted to build and strengthen clinicians’ confidence and skill in the use of IT pain therapy.
Apply evidence-based, best practice criteria for appropriate patient selection for intrathecal pain management.
Implement a slow dose-titration strategy for intrathecal pain management that maximizes efficacy while minimizing the potential for side effects.
Integrate evidence-based trialing strategies into the decision-making process when developing an individualized treatment approach to pain management.
1.0 Free CEUs for Pharmacists
This course also offers Free CME for Physicians