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Link Between Chronic Pain and Insomnia Uncovered at PAINWeek 2007

Ninety-six Percent of Pain Care Professionals Polled during PAINWeek 2007

Said Most Patients with Chronic Pain Also Suffer from Insomnia

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- In addition to reporting a link between pain and insomnia, the polled health care professionals surveyed during PAINWeek 2007 said treating pain will improve insomnia and treating insomnia will relieve the intensity of pain.

Nearly 98 percent of those polled said they believed the intensity of chronic pain would be reduced by improvements in sleep.

Additionally, 96 percent of those polled said they believed effective management of underlying chronic pain would improve insomnia.

"Once again, we find additional, important benefits from the treatment of pain -- in this case, alleviating insomnia," explained American Society of Pain Educators Executive Director B. Eliot Cole, MD, MPA. "The connection between effective treatment of pain and overall health and well-being is undeniable and must be heeded by the entire health care industry."

In further support of Dr. Cole's assertion, 81 percent of those polled believe more than 50 percent of their patients with pain and insomnia also suffer from probable depression.

Nearly a dozen national medical associations and 700 delegates devoted to the practice of pain management are gathered at PAINWeek 2007, the first conference of its kind, in Las Vegas. The four-day conference provides a unique environment for the participating organizations to share their expertise with frontline healthcare practitioners.

Participating organizations include The National Stroke Association (NSA), the American Headache Society (AHS), the National Fibromyalgia Research Association (NFRA), the American Society of Pain Educators (ASPE), the Rheumatology Nurses Society (RNS), Western Pain Society (WPS), Pain Society of Oregon (PSO), Trigeminal Neuralgia Association (TNA), Nevada Psychiatric Association (NPA), International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association (IMDHA) and the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine (AOAAM).

PAINWeek 2007, intended primarily for frontline clinicians such as physicians, nursing professionals, physician assistants, dentists, pharmacists, psychologists, and podiatrists, offers more than 70 sessions presented by the participating organizations and leading authorities in pain management.

The four-day conference offers the following course concentrations: Practicum in Pain Management, Pain Educators Forum, Fundamentals in Pain Management, and Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT), along with Behavioral and Electroanalgesia Tracks. Fundamentals in Pain Management have been developed specifically to help clinicians from California and Oregon meet their state mandates for pain management and end-of-life continuing medical education. The variety of session offerings allows practitioners to customize a curriculum relevant to their practice needs.

Adding to the roster of educational activities are courses supported by Cephalon, Eli Lilly and Company, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer Inc, Takeda North America, and TAP Pharmaceutical Products Inc. These programs will be presented in the areas of osteoarthritis fibromyalgia, breakthrough pain, NSAID-induced gastrointestinal toxicity, menstrual-associated migraines, and cultural differences. Endo is also supporting the National Initiative on Pain Control(R) (NIPC(R)). NIPC educational activities highlight the magnitude of the problems surrounding pain management, providing guidance in pain assessment and offering appropriate treatment strategies for helping healthcare professionals improve functionality and quality of life for their patients with pain.

About PAINWeek

PAINWeek 2007 is a national conference held during September Pain Awareness Month, providing knowledge and tools for frontline practitioners who treat patients in pain. PAINWeek 2007 convenes at the Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa in Las Vegas, September 6-9, 2007. PAINWeek 2008 will convene at the Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa in Las Vegas, September 4-7, 2008. The conference, a mix of plenary and breakout sessions, will provide patient and practice management strategies for practitioners in the primary care setting. PAINWeek is jointly sponsored by Aventine HealthSciences and Medical Education Collaborative. Aventine HealthSciences, a medical communications company focused on neuroscience and pain, is the designated management company for PAINWeek.

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