Few measures exist to evaluate efficacy of pain clinics, study says | Pain characteristics help ID patients with serious conditions | Research gives new clues about how antidepressants may relive pain
 
August 26, 2015
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Few measures exist to evaluate efficacy of pain clinics, study says
Standardized outcome measures are needed to help patients, clinicians and health systems evaluate the efficacy of pain clinics, according to a report in the Journal of Pain and Research. "Conflicting data exist as to whether variables routinely assessed in clinics, such as pain scores, quality-of-life indicators, comorbidities, and patient demographics, correlate with or even predict such outcome measures as pain relief or patient satisfaction," researchers wrote. HCPLive (8/21)
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Pain characteristics help ID patients with serious conditions
An important key in lower back pain is whether it is noctural and unrelieved by rest, Dr. Robert Janson told an internal medicine conference hosted by the University of Colorado. He said that question can help identify the 5% of patients whose back pain is caused by serious systemic pathology and may indicate the presence of a condition such as inflammatory back pain or axial spondyloarthropathy, he said. Family Practice News (8/17)
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Research gives new clues about how antidepressants may relive pain
A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences offered more information on how antidepressants may work with the brain's reward center to reduce chronic nerve pain. The study linked increased efficacy of antidepressants in animal models with lack of production of an RGS9 protein, which interacts with the nucleus accumbens in the brain. MedicalDaily.com (8/24)
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Study: Steroids have small, temporary impact on herniated disc pain
Researchers reviewed data from 38 studies and found steroid injections may lead to a small and short-term reduction in pain for patients with herniated discs but not pain due to spinal stenosis. Orthopedic spine surgeon Nick Shamie at the University of California, Los Angeles, agreed with the report in the Annals of Internal Medicine and said surgery is a better option for most spinal stenosis patients. HealthDay News (8/24)
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Md. task force report offers 10 ways to reduce heroin, opioid abuse
Maryland's Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force this week released an interim report with 10 recommendations for reducing drug abuse and spending $2 million earmarked by the governor for addressing the issue. Two recommendations included launching a public service announcement video campaign and having Maryland State Police officers get training on the Good Samaritan Law. WMDT-TV (Salisbury, Md.) (8/25)
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Prosecutor: Tackle opioid abuse without "finger-pointing"
Health care professionals, lawmakers, regulators and civic leaders should address opioid abuse "without finger-pointing or blame," US Attorney Andrew Luger told a Minnesota conference on the abuse of prescription pain medications. Experts at the forum discussed alternative and holistic pain treatments and prescription monitoring programs. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (8/25)
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Check it out -- APS news
Have you visited the APS website lately? Take a look at the APS News section on the homepage of the newly redesigned website. Learn the latest on APS events and activities and other valuable information With regular updates, this makes it easy for you to stay involved in pain related news regarding research, education, treatment and advocacy. Explore our new page, Resources, which is designed for researchers, clinicians, and patients looking for new and educational information regarding pain and pain management. Learn more.
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Call for poster abstracts -- now open!
The APS Scientific Program Committee (SPC) invites you to submit a poster abstract and present to hundreds of pain professionals at the 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting in Austin, Texas. The SPC is seeking original research that has not been previously presented or published elsewhere, prior to the APS meeting. All accepted posters will be presented at the 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting in Austin, May 11-14, and will be published in a supplement to The Journal of Pain. Learn more.
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