Dear Colleague

The Diana Padelford Binkley Foundation and the University of California, San Diego Departments of Psychiatry, Continuing Medical Education, and the Center for Pain and Palliative Care would like to invite you to attend this inaugural conference to be held April 27-29, 2006 in San Diego, California.

This conference will focus on the biology, psychology and treatment of pain in women and will feature expert speakers in these areas. The target audience for this program includes primary care physicians, neurologists, pain management professionals, pharmacists, alternative medicine practitioners, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, mental health and other healthcare providers.

This conference meets the California AB487 legislation that requires physicians to complete 12.0 hours of Pain Management and Palliative Care continuing medical education by December 31, 2006.

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  1. Improve participant awareness of the prevalence and severity of pain in women.
  2. Provide specific information regarding the most common pain syndromes in women over the life cycle, including prevalence, anatomy, physiology, etiology, patient assessment, diagnosis, and treatment.
  3. Review what is known about sex differences in the pain response and treatment approaches.
  4. Discuss approaches to patient education that target women’s unique needs.
  5. Evaluate treatment options for women, including pharmacologic approaches, behavioral interventions and complementary medicine.
  6. Address when to treat and when to refer for appropriate consultation.
  7. Nurture sensitivity and empathy for women patients suffering from pain and encourage physicians to devote the time and energy necessary to reduce patient suffering.
  8. Increase awareness of how suffering may differ in women with acute and terminal illnesses and how these conditions may alter evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment options.

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