From The Executive Director’s Office

Our hearts are still heavy as we monitor the recovery efforts of Hurricane Sandy. Many are still without power and water and they are the lucky ones. The devastation is epic in New Jersey and New York.  Our hearts are with the people who have lost their homes, their belongings and mostly their loved ones.

Due to the hurricane, we have extended the abstract submission deadline until November 30. Please click here to see everything related to Abstract Submission Guidelines.

Lisa Bartoli, DO has assumed the position of AOCPMR president and she is off and running. Please click here to see the 2012-2013 Governing Board of AOCPMR. Congratulations to everyone elected into new positions and to all committee chairs and members appointed. There is always room for more people so please consider where your interests lie and let me know.

We are continuing to prepare for the Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course directed by Scott Primack, DO. Dr. Primack has assembled a great lineup of lecturers and table trainers and we are looking forward to hosting our first ever Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course. If you are considering registering for the MSK US Course, please do so immediately. We have opened the course with 50 slots to ensure a strong faculty to attendee ratio. To see the schedule in its entirety, please click here. Please note that registration will close on December 15. We have a block or rooms reserved at a discounted rate. Please make your hotel accommodations as soon as possible as there are a limited number of rooms in the block.

Mid Year Meeting Co-Chairs Kevin Perdue, DO and Jeffry Pirofsky, DO are busy finalizing the schedule for our conference in Atlanta next April. There are a few slots left you are interested in presenting. Please reach out to me and let me know where your interest lies. And look for the schedule to be published by month's end. We have a block of rooms reserved at the Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead. Please click here to reserve your accommodations. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the reservation link.

Dues notices for 2013 have been sent out. Please take care of your dues as soon as possible.

We are restructuring the newsletter format and will begin publishing it monthly rather than quarterly. Please look for the next issue in your email this week.


Journal Club October 2012: Pain Treatment in Patient Pain Beliefs and Coping

Article title:  Changes after Multidisciplinary Pain Treatment in Patient Pain Beliefs and Coping Are Associated with Concurrent Changes in Patient Functioning Authors:  Mark P. Jensen, Ph.D., Judith A. Turner, Ph.D., and Joan M. Romano, Ph.D.
Journal/Source:  Pain.  2007 September ; 131(1-2): 38-47

Discussion: Long-term disabling pain is an all-encompassing scenario. In addition to the physical issues, this study examined the potential impact/importance of pain-related beliefs and coping mechanisms in the overall treatment and care of the patient. This study examined 141 patients enrolled in a multidisciplinary pain program. A majority of the patients enrolled had been sufficiently injured that they had received pain-related disability compensation.  Post-treatment outcomes, and 12-month follow-up outcomes were measured.  Specific measures documented included beliefs, catastrophizing, and coping.  Outcomes measured included depressive symptoms, physical disability, and pain intensity.

LEARN MORE by downloading the article and discussion below.

Full-text Article: AOCPMR Journal Club October Article
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