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American Board of Pain Medicine

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Diagnostic Testing In Pain Medicine
Proper usage and limitations of:
A. Laboratory studies
B. Imaging studies
C. Electrodiagnostic studies 
D. Autonomic function studies
E. Vascular studies
F. Diagnostic nerve blocks
G. Functional capacity evaluation
H. Physical examination
I. Polysomnography, EEG, SSEP, etc.
J. Psychometric testing (pain-related, BPI, MPI, NRS, VAS, etc.; excludes VII E
P. Rheumatologic disorders (articular, nonarticular, includesconnective tissue disorders, tendonitis)
V. Peripheral nerve entrapment and other peripheral neuropaths, NEC
AA. Genetic/metabolic disorders, NEX (includes osteoporosis) 

Pain Assessment 

Impact of the following on patient report of pain:
A. Cultural background
B. Age
C. Psychological factors

Proper usage and limitations of:
G. Placebo trials
S. Lithium
T. 5HT drugs (serotonin agonists/antagonists)
EE. Capsaicin
FF. Calcitonin
GG. Strontium

VI. Pain Medicine Therapies (Non-Pharmacology) (15%)

N. Casting/splinting/orthotics
O. Conditioning exercise
P. Radiation therapy
Q. Cognitive behavioral therapy
R. Psychotherapy
S. Hypnosis
T. Biofeedback
U. Relaxation training
V. Occupational therapy
W. Vocational assessment/rehabilitation
X. Functional restoration (e.g., ergonomics, energy conservation)
Y. Nutrition
Z. Acupuncture and other complementary therapies
AA. Hospice care
BB. Multidisciplinary pain treatment

B. DSM diagnosis of Pain Disorder
C. Other psychiatric diagnoses (e.g., somatoform, factitious, depressive, panic, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorders)
D. Interaction of pain problem/disorder with personality traits/disorders
E. Psychometric assessment (non-pain, e.g., MMPI, BDI, HAM-D, STAI; excludes II J): principles and tools
F. Impact of pain on work and family and influence of familial and occupational factors on pain
G. Secondary gain
H. Sexual dysfunction
I. Relationship between pain and sleep disorders

Compensation/Disability and Medical-Legal Issues 
A. Differences between disease, impairment, and disability
B. Standardized guidelines for assessing impairment and disabili
C. Malingering
D. Compensation and disability systems
E. Expert witness testimony
F. Interaction with the legal system (confidentiality, medical records)
G. Documentation (medical records, informed consent)
H. Coding requirements/documentation (ICD 9/10, CPT)
I. Controlled Substanc