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Telehealth-delivered behavioral therapy, supportive care beneficial for low back pain

June 28, 2018
Source: Clinical Pain Advisor
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and supportive care psychotherapy, both delivered by nurses over the telephone, may offer comparable benefits for the management of chronic back pain, according to a randomized study published in the Journal of Pain.

Should Chronic Pain be Redefined?

June 28, 2018
Source: Practical Pain Management
PAIN Reports - a scholarly journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) - published a paper suggesting a revised definition of pain.

FDA approves the first non-opioid treatment for management of opioid withdrawal symptoms in adults

May 23, 2018
Source: PR Newswire
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Lucemyra (lofexidine hydrochloride) for the mitigation of withdrawal symptoms to facilitate abrupt discontinuation of opioids in adults.

AANA Calls on Healthcare Community to Use Opioid-Sparing Pain Management to Prevent Addiction and Abuse

May 19, 2018
Source: American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
More then 2 million people each year switch to persistent opioid use after surgery, and nearly half of all U.S. opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid. The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is calling on the healthcare community at large to use opioid-sparing pain management techniques to better prevent opioid addiction and abuse.

New NIH Program Eyes mHealth, Telehealth as Pain Management Tools

April 16, 2018
Source: mHealth Intelligence
Telehealth platforms and mHealth devices targeting pain relief may play a significant role in the National Institutes for Health’s new initiative to combat opioid abuse.

Study finds the brain's 'pain decision center'

March 22, 2018
Source: Forbes
Our brain controls how much pain we experience, but why and how this happens is still largely a mystery. A clearer understanding of the brain’s in-built pain regulation capability could open doors to developing alternatives to addictive drugs like opioids. Dr. Ben Seymour of Cambridge University and his research team just published a study that sheds light on the topic.

Tweaking therapy for disadvantaged patients improves chronic pain

March 22, 2018
Source: The University of Alabama
Psychologists at The University of Alabama found adapting cognitive behavioral therapy and group pain education for patients of low socioeconomic status can improve their chronic pain. The study involved 290 participants and was conducted in mostly rural areas of Alabama. After participating in the modified cognitive behavioral therapy or pain education groups, the participants reported reductions in pain intensity coupled with an increase in physical function and lower depression. The study was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  

Brown declares a public health crisis as opioid bill progresses

February 26, 2018
Source: Portland Business Journal
Gov. Kate Brown declared addiction a public health crisis and called upon state agencies to take measures to increase access to effective treatments. Brown announced an upcoming executive order at a rally hosted by Oregon Recovers.

Web-based pain management program reduces aberrant drug behavior in chronic pain

February 26, 2018
Source: Clinical Pain Advisor
A web-based self-management program may reduce aberrant drug behaviors and pain catastrophizing in patients with chronic pain treated with opioids, according to a recent study published in Pain Medicine.

Office visits dedicated to chronic pain management lead to lower opioid use

February 26, 2018
Source: Healio
More than a third of patients taking opioids who participated in mandatory office visits dedicated solely to nonmalignant pain management decided to stop using opioids, according to findings recently published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.