When evidence matters, rigorous reviews for pain care

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Patients struggling with chronic pain need non-pharmacological therapies that can decrease pain, improve function and enhance quality of life. Our rigorous reviews have uncovered the evidence for various therapies that can be easily integrated into a pain practice such as massage therapy and manipulation, and self-care tools such as yoga, tai chi, music therapy, meditation and relaxation exercises.

Establishing a strong evidence base for self-care approaches helps answer the most challenging questions affecting the world’s health and wellness:

  • What can we add to the physician’s bag of tools to replace or supplement the prescription pad?

  • Are there self-care practices to include in a patient’s pain management solution set?

Samueli Institute evaluates pain from the view of the person as a whole and looks at the bigger picture of the “chronification” of pain that the patient experiences. This objective, third-party analysis of the evidence provides guidelines for clinical practice, policy decisions and research recommendations.

Samueli Institute’s research process was highlighted in a recent article in BMC Research Notes.

The article explores how this process overcomes the traditional challenges of current systematic review methods to efficiently and effectively answer “what works” in patient care. In addition to research in the area of pain, Samueli Institute has worked to identify safe, effective, and affordable healing practices, programs or products to improve individual and public health.

  • Breast Cancer: A review uncovered specific interventions (i.e., pharmacological, behavioral, psychological, complementary and alternative medicine, multi-modal) aimed at mitigating the fatigue-sleep disturbance-depression symptom cluster in breast cancer patients and survivors.
  • Resilience in the Military: Samueli Institute rigorously assessed the quantity, quality, effectiveness, and safety concerns on multi-modal, biopsychosocial training programs used for the self-management of emotional stress.
  • Supplements: Samueli Institute’s reviews have uncovered how supplements can improve performance and sustain health for omega 3’s, melatonin for sleep, and others.

As more non-traditional health care treatments are accepted, this research becomes even more important to inform providers, guide policy and empower patients.

When evidence matters, contact Samueli Institute.