Goal

The Kaua’i Pain Conference supports the goals of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) by providing continuing education needed for healthcare professionals to address gaps in knowledge and competencies related to pain assessment and management, cultural attitudes about pain, negative and ill-informed attitudes about people with pain, and stereotyping and biases that contribute to disparities in pain care. 

Design

The 5th Annual Kaua’i Pain Conference boasts a structured curriculum that builds upon itself over the course of two days. The conference begins with an overview of challenges, advancements, and opportunities in pain management. After this foundation, we address Federal initiatives to address the current opioid crisis, and how clinicians can follow best practices to provide patient-centric, personalized care. After lunch on Friday until lunch on Saturday we will review current and emerging therapies for the treatment of chronic pain.

On Saturday afternoon, we transition to panel-based discussions exploring modern challenges for pain providers from a variety of viewpoints. Presentations are designed to be educational, evidence-based, and non-promotional.

Objectives

As a result of participation in this activity, learners will be able/better able to:

  • Provide improved patient-centered pain treatment
  • Improve their diagnoses, treatment, and management of patients with pain
  • Establish realistic goals with patients for the management of their pain
  • Prevent and/or reduce adverse events
  • Formulate treatment plans that, when appropriate, include minimally-invasive procedures or consultations with a pain specialist
  • Act as a professional and community leader in addressing the opioid crisis
  • Utilize or make referrals to assess the viability of intrathecal drug delivery for the treatment of chronic pain
  • Utilize or make referrals to assess the viability of neurostimulation for the treatment of chronic pain
  • Identify patients for whom non-pharmacologic strategies and interventional therapies may reduce the risk of opioid abuse
  • Modify patient monitoring practices to align with best practices for limiting misuse or diversion of prescription medications