Thursday, March 10, 2011

Pain is a Four Letter Word Symposium

5th Annual Bioethics Symposium 2011

April 26, 2011
8:00 am - 3:30pm

Kansas City Marriott Downtown Hotel
Count Basie Ballroom
1201 Wyandotte
Kansas City, MO


Pain is a Four Letter Word
Regina Benjamin, MD, Surgeon General of the United States

Pain is REAL: The Meaning of Pain and Suffering
Melanie Thernstrom, author of The Pain Chronicles, member of Institute of Medicine Committee on pain

Pain is HARD: The Complexity of Pain Treatment and Management
Rollin “Mac” Gallagher, MD, Director of Pain Management, Philadelphia Veteran Affairs Medical Center

Pain is in the MIND: From a Neuroscience of Pain to a Neuroethics of Care
James Giordano, PhD: Director of the Center for Neurotechnology Studies

Pain is about CARE: The Meaning of Pain Defines and Re-defines Care
Bill Tammeus , former Faith columnist for The Kansas City Star and author of Faith Matters blog

CMEs available

For more information and to register click here.

The Center’s Annual Dinner is the evening of April 26. For ticket and sponsorship information click here.



Blogger pain care improvement said...

symposium piled on suymposium, report piled on report- has done all too little to advance pain care much. Of course, I know- some will brag about the increasingly sophisticated understanding of pain mechanisms over the past twenty years- and all the biomarkers that have been linked to pain. So what? We still hear that even cancer pain is underrecognized and undertreated-and if cancer pain is still undertreated what hope is there for people with rsd or sickle cell disease, interstitial cystitis? More research wont lead to better pain care- so long as physicians are taught to treat pain as idiosyncratic ephemera. As long as our laws do not require caring pain care, we wont have caring pain care. A vision of more research or more tools for pain care will not be enough to substantially improve pain care. Techne is not enough. Studies show that only 20% of Americans reach there fitness goals- is there a shortage of exercise equipment or advice on fitness- of course not. IS there a shortage of biomarkers or therapies for pain- of course not . In 1985 WHO said much progress in pain care could be made by using what is currently available- its 25 years later and we have not made caring or intelligent use of therapies for pain care. Face the facts poor pain care in America is due to careless neglect. The many physicians who go to these symposiums and conferences miss the mark- its your collegaues uncaring ways that stand in the way of humane pain care in America.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011  
Anonymous pain management emr said...

Great post! definitely agree with you there, Pain is a Four Letter Word. I think I will gonna enjoyed reading the further given links. Thanks for sharing.


Tuesday, April 05, 2011  

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