- Don L. Goldenberg, MD
Pain is the most common reason why patients seek medical attention and affects 25% to 30% of all Americans. Chronic pain is a multifactorial condition that manifests both physical and psychological symptoms, including anxiety and depression, reduced mobility, and sleep and appetite disturbances. Chronic pain and depression are frequently comorbid processes, each having detrimental effects of the severity, duration, and treatment responsiveness of the other. Therefore, investigation of depression and other conditions that are comorbid with chronic pain is important for comprehensive care. This educational program will focus on the relationship of chronic pain to affective states, appropriate pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies, and the role of physical medicine and rehabilitation treatment.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Describe the relationship between chronic pain and depression and the implications for evaluation and effective treatment of chronic pain.
- Develop a structured approach to selecting appropriate pharmacologic therapy for chronic pain based on an understanding of its pathophysiology.
- Recognize the role of physical medicine and rehabilitation treatment strategies in the management of chronic pain.
Chief of Rheumatology, Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
Release Date: June 2, 2012
Expiration Date: June 1, 2013
To receive credit for this activity, listen to the presentations and complete the post-test and activity evaluations.
This enduring material has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. McLean Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians.
McLean Hospital designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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The following planners of this activity have indicated that neither they nor their spouse/partner have a relevant financial relationship to disclose:
John A. Fromson, MD; Reviewer
Tristan Gorrindo, MD
Robert J. Birnbaum, Md, PhD
Anan Nathif, EdM
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Don L. Goldenberg, MD
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