AANS Neurosurgeon is the official socioeconomic publication of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and features information and analysis for contemporary neurosurgical practice. Topics covered relate to legislation, workforce issues and practice management as they affect the specialty of neurosurgery. The September 2017 edition of AANS Neurosurgeon explores the theme, “The Enemy of Human Happiness: Pain,” discussing the impact of pain on practice within the field for neurosurgeons, neurosurgical training and patients.
What are the ethical considerations when it comes to pain? How does this impact the education process for neurosurgeons-in-training? What impact does legislation have on patients, and how is the neurosurgeon’s responsibility defined? Without standard pain treatment practices, will future neurosurgeons be inadequately trained? These questions, along with many others, are answered throughout a number of articles in this publication.
Some highlights of the issue:
- Point/Counterpoint: Opioid Prescriptions — What is a Neurosurgeon’s Responsibility?
- Neurosurgeons Rise Up to Address the Opioid Crisis in America
- How to Painlessly Integrate Pain Therapies into Your Practice
- DoD/VA Lead the Way in the Opioid Crisis
- The Pain-free Pain Education of Medical Students
- Change the Equation: Polyanalagesic Options in the Perioperative Period
- Neuroablation: An Under-utilized Tool
Elsewhere in the issue, readers can check out additional theme-related articles, as well as book reviews and updates from the Washington office via its “Washington Watch” column.
Editor’s Note: During the month of September, we encourage everyone to join the conversation online by using the hashtag #painfacts.