Pain Management at Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic offers a different approach compared to traditional pain-management testing because our Pain Clinic Survey only tests for the most common drugs of abuse, primarily those characterized as Tier I in the American Association for Clinical Chemistry's laboratory medicine practice guideline. Testing for less-common drugs is only recommended in high-risk patients or when clinically indicated, which leads to more appropriate test utilization, saving ordering institutions time and money.
Pain management is a complex topic involving a number of stakeholders, including patients, clinicians, the clinical laboratory, and others. In this video, Dr. Paul Jannetto discusses the new Laboratory Medicine Practice Guideline on Using Clinical Laboratory Tests to Monitor Drug Therapy in Pain Management Patients and the laboratory testing option at Mayo Clinic.