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New Interventional Pain Management Guidelines Released by the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
Date:7/28/2009

NEW YORK, JULY 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) announced today they have released the 2009 updated Interventional Pain Management (IPM) guidelines.

Dr. Manchikanti, primary author of the guidelines stated that, "The purpose of the IPM guidelines is to address the issues of systematic evaluation and ongoing care of chronic or persistent pain, and provide information about the scientific basis of recommended procedures. The guidelines are expected to increase patient compliance, dispel miscommunications among providers and patients, manage patient expectations reasonably, and form the basis of a therapeutic partnership between the patient, the provider and payers."

ASIPP first developed treatment guidelines in 2000, and since then there have been four subsequent updates. These guidelines have been developed utilizing a comprehensive, all inclusive approach with systematic assessment of available literature. The guideline authors include various specialists practicing interventional pain management from multiple disciplines, both academic and private practice. ASIPP assessed the strength of evidence by US Preventive Services Task Force criteria. Following a formal process, they also developed multiple systematic reviews along with multiple associated documents describing in detail the process in the literature search and systematic reviews.

Dr. Manchikanti added that, "These guidelines follow the principles laid out by the scientific community including the Institute of Medicine, American Medical Association, and multiple other organizations. Further, we utilized strict criteria of relief of at least six months as short-term, except for certain procedures in which case the relief of one year was considered as short-term."

The guidelines facilitate the provision of appropriate care, which is extreme
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