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Organized by Prof. Kuan-Pin Su and Prof. Yeong-Ray Wen, this educational workshop will be compiled by seven topics delivered by experts from Taiwan. In this educational workshop, we aim to provide a core curriculum on fundamental knowledge of translational research and clinical assessments and treatments for chronic pain.
Chronic pain and major depressive disorder (MDD) cause major clinical, social and economic burdens on patients and their families. The treatment cost of pain alone is equivalent to more than a fifth of the total health expenditure of developed countries, while MDD is a severe psychiatric illness with a high lifetime prevalence rate of up to one-fifth. Pain and depression are often comorbid: Approximately 35% of participants with chronic pain also had comorbid depression, while 43% of individuals who met the criteria for MDD also had a chronic painful physical condition (CPPC). In this presentation, I aim to discuss the interaction of depression-pain comorbidity, as the conditions often coexist, respond to similar treatments, exacerbate one another, and exhibit common biological connections, such as neurocircuitry, neuroplasticity, and inflammation.
The course will be pre-recorded and conducted in Mandarin. Only registered participants have the access to the lectures. Participants can interact with the lecturers for questions and comments at designated timeslots. After the course, certificate of attendance and continuing education credits will be provided.