Resources for Education on Pain and Its Management: A Practitioner’s Compendium


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Article by B. Eliot Cole, MD, MPA, CPE

Current Pain and Headache Reports. 2009;13:110-119. Current Medicine Group LLC, ISSN 1531-3433. Copyright © 2009 by Current Medicine Group LLC. Reproduced with permission.


Knowing enough information about pain and its management to adequately care for people in pain may seem challenging, especially for primary care providers who provide the bulk of pain management services in the United States. Few, if any, primary care providers receive training beyond the names of a few analgesics and the rudiments of pain assessments. Fortunately, many national and international societies provide health care practitioners with pain-related education, resources, and tools. Education may be tied to pain certification or specialization, or provided solely for the benefit of practitioners. Due in large part to the World Wide Web, much information about pain is readily available online.

Consensus Guidelines: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathic Pain

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  1. Foreword. B. Eliot Cole
  2. Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathic Pain: Clinical and Quality-of-Life Issues. Charles E. Argoff, B. Eliot Cole, David A. Fishbain, and Gordon A. Irving
  3. Consensus Guidelines: Treatment Planning and Options. Charles E. Argoff, Misha-Miroslav Backonja, Miles J. Belgrade, Gary J Bennett, Michael R. Clark, B. Eliot Cole, David A. Fisbain, Gordon A. Irving, Bill H. McCarberg, and Michael J. McLean
  4. Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathic Pain: Case Studies. Miles J. Belgrade, B. Eliot Cole, Bill H. McCarberg, and Michael J. McLean

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