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A Collaborative Focus On Pain Management

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In early September, Samueli Institute convened more than 40 leaders in pain management as part of the Chronic Pain Breakthrough Collaborative. The meeting was the second of three highly interactive learning sessions focused on state-of-the-art ideas in integrative chronic pain care.  Participants shared with each other the specific best practices they’ve tried – what worked and what didn’t – and learned how to customize recommended ideas to accelerate improvement in their own organizations.

Participants included military and civilian health system practitioners, from senior health system leaders, physicians, anesthesiologists, and surgeons to social workers, acupuncturists, physical therapists, and process improvement specialists, all dedicated to providing better care for patients who suffer from chronic pain.

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Integrated Team Approaches To Improving Outcomes For Chronic Pain

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In early September, Samueli Institute convened more than 40 leaders in pain management as part of the Chronic Pain Breakthrough Collaborative. The meeting was the second of three highly interactive learning sessions focused on state-of-the-art ideas in integrative chronic pain care.  Participants shared with each other the specific best practices they’ve tried – what worked and what didn’t – and learned how to customize recommended ideas to accelerate improvement in their own organizations.

Participants included military and civilian health system practitioners, from senior health system leaders, physicians, anesthesiologists and surgeons to social workers, acupuncturists, physical therapists, and process improvement specialists, all dedicated to providing better care for patients who suffer from chronic pain.

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On Human Flourishing – an interview with Dr. Robert Bonakdar

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Dr. Robert Bonakdar is Director of Pain Management at the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in La Jolla, California and a member of the Scripps Green Hospital Pain Management Committee. He also serves as Assistant Clinical Professor (Voluntary) at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Bonakdar completed a fellowship in integrative medicine at Scripps Clinic, focusing on integrative pain management. He also completed the UCLA Acupuncture Course for Physicians and a Richter Fellowship in Southeast Asia, where he studied acupuncture, tai chi, and mind-body practices. His current clinical and research interests include novel approaches to pain management including dietary supplementation and biostimulation using microcurrent, laser, auricular, and acupuncture therapies.

On Human Flourishing – an interview with Dr. Kent Bradley

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Dr. Kent Bradley, former Chief Medical Officer with Safeway, Inc., joined the corporate grocery chain with a passion for instilling long-term health initiatives for employees.

“I think increasingly that people value their health and companies need to align what they’re doing to meet them with what they value,” Bradley explained to Samueli Institute President and CEO Wayne Jonas, MD, in an interview for the Institute’s bi-weekly podcast on the future of healthcare. 

In a 30-minute interview with Jonas, Bradley examines the relationships between corporations and health and the initiatives that businesses are creating to promote the long-term health of their employees.

“What are the investments that are going in that support the people?” asks Bradley. “It’s everything from ensuring that we provide the resources necessary that makes healthy choices easy for them.” 

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