Earlier this month Medpage Today (1) featured an article on Precision Medicine that called for modifying the over-reliance on opioids to manage pain in favor of non-pharmaceutical approaches that reduce the risk of addiction and its consequences. The article proposed that the long-term use of opioids for treating chronic pain be used only as a last resort for sufferers who are functionally impaired by insurmountable pain, and supported the use of greater precision in applying pain management services that are not dependent on narcotics. The proposed modifications called for practice guidelines to emphasize opioid addiction prevention, multidisciplinary interventions and personalized tailored treatment. Originally emerging as early as 2012 (2), precision medicine is now being promoted as a means of personally tailoring multidimensional pain management interventions into a more comprehensive delivery system that includes physical, behavioral and emotional components. The recent proposal includes increased funding to investigate effective pain management practices without causing addiction or other unfortunate outcomes.

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1). Colloca L, Friedman M. Make Pain Management ‘Precision’ Medicine. medpagetoday.com. February 3, 2020.
2). Miaskowski C, Cooper B, Paul S, West C, Langford J, Levine J et.al. Identification of patient subgroups and risk factors for persistent breast pain following breast cancer surgery. J of Pain; 13(12): 1172-87.