March 1, 2012

Substance Abuse, Comorbid Pain Treated Simultaneously


Patients with chronic pain who are at high risk for substance abuse can be treated in an intensive pain rehabilitation program and achieve the same outcomes as low-risk patients, according to a study presented here at the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) 28th Annual Meeting…"On discharge, with the curriculum aimed at substance abuse, there was improvement on all outcome measures for all patients, but the striking thing was there was no difference between the high- and low-risk patients," reported Sarah Hayes, an undergraduate research associate at Mayo Clinic Pain Rehabilitation Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Medscape, by Kate Johnson, 02/29/2012

Tags: 28th Annual Meeting, AAPM, American Academy of Pain Medicine, chronic pain, high risk for substance abuse, intensive pain rehabilitation program, Mayo Clinic Pain Rehabilitation Clinic, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Sarah Hayes

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