SI Researchers Build A Database Of 146 Comprehensive Chronic Pain Trials

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Evidence is the new word in healthcare research.

“More holistic, active, self-care, complementary, and integrative medicine therapies, should be more sustainable and cost-effective than drug and practitioner dependent treatments.” –Wayne B. Jonas, MD

Current chronic pain management typically consists of prescription medications or provider-based, behavioral or interventional procedures which are often ineffective, may be costly and can be associated with undesirable side effects. Because chronic pain affects the whole person (body, mind, spirit), complementary and integrative medicine therapies can potentially provide more efficient and comprehensive pain management as they acknowledge the person as a whole, considering the interplay of biological, psychological and social/cultural factors and recognizing the patient’s own capacity to heal as an integral component in disease management.

Such patient-centered therapies allow for diverse treatment of complex symptoms, have been associated with improved health outcomes, lower health care costs, higher patient and provider satisfaction and increased self-efficacy. Using their Rapid Evidence Assessment of the Literature (REAL©) methodology, Samueli Institute recently conducted a systematic review to investigate the effect of active, self-care complementary and integrative (ACT-CIM) therapies on pain intensity/severity in chronic pain populations.

Given the importance of transparency in evidence based decision making, Samueli Institute has created a comprehensive and state-of-the-art database to house the evidence gathered and assessed in this systematic review. Users are able to manipulate the database’s information to not only view the current state of science as it pertains to ACT-CIM therapies for chronic pain management but also further examine the data to answer specific questions of interest. For example, users can:

  • Search for specific keywords
  • Sort by ACT-CIM therapy or pain condition
  • View the most common pain outcomes used
  • Filter studies by methodological quality
  • View detailed information for each article

The Samueli Institute ACT-CIM for Chronic Pain Research database is now fully operational.


This article was written for Samueli Institute by Courtney Boyd, Research Manager. For questions regarding the Pain Management Database or any ongoing research, please contact her by email at cboyd@siib.org.