Opioids are commonly prescribed for pain. In 2012, health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid pain medication, enough for every adult in the United States to have a bottle of pills. But opioid pain medication use presents serious risks, including overdose and opioid use disorder. From 1999 to 2014, more than 165,000 people died from overdose related to opioid pain medication in the United States. Continue reading “A Response to the CDC Opioid Guidline: Implementing Integrative Therapies into Chronic Pain Care” »
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Chronic pain management often excludes helpful integrative treatments like acupuncture, massage therapy, self-care and mind-body practices. Integrative care helps relieve the suffering of patients and by extension is good for business noted Adam Perlman, MD, MPH, Executive Director, Duke Integrative Medicine. In the competitive industry of health care, integrative care can improve market share through quality of care and differentiation. It positively impacts the bottom line through improved patient satisfaction scores, HCAHPS, as well as decreased length of stay and readmission rates. Continue reading “Dr. Adam Perlman Aims to Improve the Business of Chronic Pain Care” »
Providing chronic pain patients with seamless access to non-pharmacological therapies and self-care skills requires clinics to re-think business as usual. Dr. Vinny Francio, DC, MS, practices Integrative Spine Care and Integrative Pain Management for Essential Integrative Health in Oklahoma City, an integrative spine and pain management clinic, in collaboration with orthopedic spine surgeon and integrative physician Dr. Art Conley, MD. Continue reading “Team Approach Improves Chronic Pain Care in Oklahoma Clinic” »
*This article was recently updated to include the latest activity within the Chronic Pain Breakthrough Collaborative*
The February 3rd and February 17th webinars for Samueli Institute’s Chronic Pain Breakthrough Collaborative touched on the many approaches for treating patients with chronic pain, using holistic medicine. With new practitioners present, the goal of Samueli Institute in the webinar, was to explain; why the chronic pain collaborative exists, our results from previous year and how interested individuals can get involved. Continue reading “Webinar: A Collaborative Approach to Tackling Challenges in Chronic Pain Care” »
Problem-solving is a key skill at work, at home and in the classroom. But problem-solving is also important for patients when managing chronic pain.
Samueli Institute’s Chronic Pain Breakthrough Collaborative teams met in January to celebrate and share what worked to increase the number of patients using non pharma and self-care therapies for chronic pain—one of the goals of the 2015 learning collaborative. Participants found that moving from a clinician-driven model of care to one that empowers patient’s self-management of chronic pain required a new outlook and skill set for both the providers and the patients.
Measures of Success in Chronic Pain Care: Empowering Patients with Self-Care Strategies
“Pain care doesn’t always involve providers,” explained Martha Menard, PhD, LMT, Executive Director of the Crocker Institute, and a faculty member for the 2015 Chronic Pain Breakthrough Collaborative.
In a recent study (published Jan 2016), Menard found a common characteristic of those living well with chronic pain was their perseverance and openness: “People were very open to trying new things and kept trying until they found what worked for them, putting together these highly individualized packages of care for themselves. They became skilled at noticing the connection between feeling stressed and making their pain worse, so they found lots of ways to incorporate self-care into their daily routine.” Continue reading “Increase Patient Power In Pain Care” »