When opioid treatment of chronic pain became popular in the 1990s and 2000s, a large part of the rationale for using opioids was that the pain relief afforded would improve patients' function. But in focusing on the pain intensity level, we lost sight of that most important overall goal of the treatment: improvement in function and quality of life. This session will describe outcome assessment tools that can be applied in busy practice settings and can be used to direct the holistic care that chronic pain patients need.
- Why pain intensity levels should not be the primary measure for chronic pain
- Which measurable factors underlying chronic pain are important to elicit
- What measurement tools are practical and applicable in busy practice settings
Dr. Ballantyne trained in Anaesthesia in Oxford, England, before moving to the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard University, Boston in 1990. She became Chief of the Division of Pain Medicine in MGH in 1999. She moved to the University of Washington in 2011 as UW Medicine Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. She has editorial roles in several leading journals and textbooks, is a widely published author and researcher.