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June 7, 1995


Author Affiliations

University of California—San Diego, La Jolla

JAMA. 1995;273(21):1661-1662. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520450031015

An increasingly important role for the anesthesiologist is pain management, which, broadly defined, includes treatment of acute postsurgical pain, chronic nonsurgical pain, and cancer-related pain. In response to the need for a cadre of individuals expert in pain management, the American Board of Anesthesiology in 1993 began awarding a Certificate of Added Qualifications in pain management to board-certified anesthesiologists who fulfilled credentialing requirements and who passed a written examination. The principal entrance requirement is completion of a year of formal training in pain management, although, until 1998, a 2-year practice equivalent could be substituted for the training requirement. Through the end of 1994, a total of 834 candidates have been awarded the Certificate of Added Qualifications in pain management.

Sophisticated and large studies reflecting an interest in perioperative risk factors and relationships include an assessment of factors related to perioperative nerve injury. The cause of this complication, which has long

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