Individualized, Multidisciplinary Approach to Pain Management Is Needed, HHS Task Force Chair Tells KCMS Annual Meeting
Dr. Singh keynoted at the 2019 Kansas City Medical Society Annual Meeting. She presented the model for pain management proposed by the Task Force.
Treatment of chronic and acute pain should take into account the patient’s individual needs and draw from a full range of interventions, Vanila M. Singh, MD, MACM, told over 250 physicians and health care partners at the Kansas City Medical Society Annual Meeting on September 26.
Dr. Singh chaired the federal Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force that released its report on pain management best practices in May. She chaired the task force as part of her work as chief medical officer for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, from June 2017 through July 2019. Dr. Singh also has served at Stanford University School of Medicine for the past 13 years as clinical associate professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine.
“Pain matters. Addressing it matters. How we address pain is what enables people to recover and return to society. It has to remain at the forefront of what we do,” Dr. Singh said.
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