An adaptive pain management framework

Ching Feng Lin, Victoria C.P. Chen, Robert J. Gatchel

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Pain management is an international health issue. The Eugene McDermott Center for Pain Management at the University of Texas Southwestern MedicalCenter at Dallas conducts a two-stage interdisciplinary pain management program that considers a wide variety of treatments. We structure this decision-making process using dynamic programming (DP) to generate adaptive treatment strategies for this two-stage program. An approximate DP solution method is proposed in which state transition models are constructed based on data from the pain management program. The state transition probabilistically models how a patient's pain characteristics change from Stage 1 to Stage 2. The objective is to select the minimal treatment necessary to achieve acceptable (lower) pain outcomes. We present here the framework with some details on the modeling of state transitions and the optimization objective.

Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2010
EventIIE Annual Conference and Expo 2010 - Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 5 Jun 20109 Jun 2010


OtherIIE Annual Conference and Expo 2010


  • Dynamic programming
  • Pain management
  • Statistical modeling


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