PAINWeek to Feature In-Depth Examination of Pain from Diabetes

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The PAINWeek 2012 National Conference presents a new course concentration on the relationship between diabetes and chronic pain.

PAINWeek, the National Conference on Pain for Frontline Practitioners, will debut a new course track at the 2012 session, covening September 5-8 in Las Vegas. Attendees will be offered in-depth, certified education in a range of diabetes-associated pain conditions, including peripheral artery disease, gastrointestinal pain, peripheral neuropathy, and the musculoskeletal complications of diabetes.

A recent observational study published online in the August 3 edition of the Journal of General Internal Medicine examined the association of pain and nonpain conditions in patients with type 2 diabetes. Researchers found that almost half of those patients reported accompanying acute and chronic pain, and suggested that palliative care, focusing on relieving symptoms and improving quality of life, should be a normal part of diabetes management.

Debra Weiner, Director of Program Development for PAINWeek, commented: “Our new program track on diabetes and pain will be delivered by both veteran and new PAINWeek faculty. The topics they will cover will integrate with the multidisciplinary approach to pain management taught elsewhere in the curriculum, equipping our attendees to better recognize, diagnose, and treat their patients with diabetes-related pain.”

Preparing frontline practitioners to provide effective pain management is the overarching mission of PAINWeek, now the largest US pain conference. In 2011, PAINWeek welcomed over 1,500 healthcare practitioners from a variety of medical specialties—compelling evidence of the substantial interest in pain management by frontline clinicians. For 2012, PAINWeek is offering noteworthy enhancements to its conference agenda, including programs presented by the American Pain Society, the American Society for Pain Management Nursing, and the Veterans Health Administration. Now featuring some 18 different course tracks, PAINWeek 2012 is the most comprehensive conference of certified pain management education available.

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