OREF/AOA conducting pain management survey

Recent dramatic changes in drug therapies available today have escalated the issue of musculoskeletal pain management. As orthopaedic surgeons work with patients to manage pain, they must navigate a myriad of treatment options with varying results.

As the landscape of pain management options evolves, orthopaedic surgeons have an opportunity to learn about viable treatment protocols from their peers and to seek knowledgeable guidance from leaders within the profession.

The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) and the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) are addressing the issue of pain management in orthopaedic patients who present with total joint, sports medicine or spine-related conditions. The two organizations have partnered because of their unique and complementary roles in orthopaedics: OREF is committed to education and research, and the AOA is committed to leadership.

The goal of the practice pattern survey is to gather feedback from practicing orthopaedic surgeons about their current methods of treating and managing pain, primarily postoperative pain. An advisory panel comprised of orthopaedic thought leaders will review the survey data and provide input on their respective pain management practices and standards of care.

Feedback from both the survey and the panel will be analyzed and summarized by an orthopaedic oversight committee. The results, which will be shared with the entire orthopaedic community—orthopaedists, residents, fellows, and industry—will serve as a needs assessment by identifying specific areas within musculoskeletal pain management that warrant additional research and education.

Take the survey on the OREF Web site, www.oref.org, through June 30.

This research initiative is made possible through an educational grant provided by Pfizer, Inc.

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