Functional Medicine for Anesthesiologists and Pain Practitioners SIG Mission

Mission

  • Increase awareness and education of anesthesiologist and pain practitioners about the basic science and clinical applications of functional medicine in the perioperative surgical home (PSH) and pain management.
  • Improve patient outcomes through application of functional medicine principles as an integral part of the multidisciplinary approach for the treatment of pain and chronic illness.

Goals and Objectives:

  • Educate members about the basic science and clinical applications of functional medicine in PSH and pain medicine
  • Increase awareness of the evidence that support a patient-centered rather than a disease-centered treatment approach
  • Understand the biochemical individuality of each patient based on concepts of genetic and environmental uniqueness
  • Use patient-centered diagnosis and apply the concepts of antecedents, triggers, and mediators in assessment and work up of chronic pain and complex illness
  • Develop skill and competence in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with complex chronic pain disease using diet, lifestyle, nutrient, and nonopioid pharmaceutical modalities
  • Spread the knowledge base of functional medicine though communication with practitioners, educators, and policymakers.
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