David Dickerson, M.D., pain medicine specialist and chair of ASA’s Committee on Pain Medicine, is available for interviews on the updated guidelines and can discuss:
- How the updated guidelines modified the 2016 recommendations to include acute and subacute pain more explicitly and includes new recommendations for patients who already are receiving opioid therapy for pain.
- What the guidelines mean for both physicians and patients by allowing for a more individualized approach, which is necessary for optimal pain management.
- How the guidelines provide more detailed recommendations on the differences required for chronic pain and cautions against misapplication by deriving policy from clinical guidelines.
- The items left unaddressed and short comings of the guidelines, as well as the potential impact or unintended consequences the guidelines may have on pain care.