Learn to discern the best pain-mitigation strategies for each patient, based on research and personal experience.
Dermatologists should amass an array of nondrug options for patients who need help managing pain, according to Peter A. Lio, MD, FAAD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology and pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. In a presentation at the 2022 American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, held March 25 to 29 in Boston, Massachusetts,and a follow-up interview with Dermatology Times®, Lio detailed behavioral, environmental, and medical best practices for minimizing discomfort in both children and adults undergoing dermatologic procedures.
“There are really 3 parts to pain-free dermatology: managing the pain and nociception—the physiological process behind the sensation—and the patient’s attention,” Lio told Dermatology Times®.
He added that incorporating these techniques can improve outcomes:“It turns out that you can actually measure higher rates of therapeutic success and procedural success.”
Whether a dermatology practice’s patients tend to be children or adults, the takeaways are similar: Adding in a wide range of techniques to make patients more comfortable requires what Lio calls a tiny investment of time and equipment that most practices can incorporate right away. Here are his key points:
Meanwhile, Lio said,research into pain management continues to evolve: “Every year, the literature brings new ideas and findings.”
Lio reported no relevant disclosures.
Aggarwal S, Lio P. Pain-free dermatology: minimizing discomfort in procedures for children and adults. Presented at: 2022 American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting; March 25-29; Boston, MA.