Each month, an expert researcher reviews more than 20,000 news stories from media outlets (from throughout the United States and abroad) and journal abstracts to find those that are relevant to pain management practitioners. Each issue of Currents: The Monthly Index to Pain Management offers:
- Breaking News – a variety of pain-related news stories (selected from thousands) that have appeared in the popular media over the last month (arranged by topic and date). Topics include: Pain Studies/Research in the News; Conditions, Diagnosis, and Treatment; Policy and Law; Prescription Diversion and Abuse; For Your Patients; Industry-released News; and Lagniappe (quirky and interesting stories related to pain).
- Abstracts – each month, Academy researchers review thousands of journal abstracts from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) databases and other sources to select those that will be most useful to practitioners. Approximately 200 abstracts are included each month.
- Clinical Practice Guidelines – new or recently revised practice advisories and guidelines provide physicians, nurses, and other health professionals with timely and easy access to the latest recommendations of evidence-based medicine.
- Clinical Trials – this section provides a monthly list of new governmental and non-governmental clinical trials arranged by subject and state(s) in which the trial will take place. In the six months since this service was added, it has become the most complete listing of new pain-related clinical trials available in publication and on the Internet.
- Federal and State Legislative Updates – legal databases and state/federal websites are monitored to keep readers aware of the status of state and federal bills relating to pain management. A citation and synopsis of each bill on which some action has been taken during the last month is provided along with a link to the full text of that legislation.
- Advocacy – news and information about organizations working to improve management through legislative and educational efforts. It also lets readers know how they can become involved in these efforts.