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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. Continue reading “When evidence matters, rigorous reviews for pain care” »

Registration Now Open for Chronic Pain Breakthrough Collaborative

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Heather Tick (center) engages with other participants to discuss modalities of integrative care.

Faculty and participants discuss innovations in pain care

To adequately address chronic pain in today’s healthcare system, industry innovators must create a new patient-focused and interdisciplinary chronic pain care model that focuses on drugless therapies and self-care. Continue reading “Registration Now Open for Chronic Pain Breakthrough Collaborative” »

The Future of Health Care is Now

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Imagine a health scenario where patients receive care that promotes health rather than simply preventing disease. Where patients feel empowered to take charge of their health and are able to access different models of care in addition to their yearly check-ups to stay healthy. This is not mere fantasy, and in many health care centers this is a reality. For patients suffering from chronic pain, alternative methods of care may vastly improve their health outcomes.

Models of self-care such as yoga, meditation, acupuncture or even as simple as taking a walk can do wonders for an individual’s overall health. Robert Bonakdar, MD, a physician at the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in La Jolla, Calif., recently joined Dr. Wayne Jonas for a podcast. In the episode, Dr. Bonakdar specifically addresses the concerns of pain patients. Chronic pain affects more than 100 million Americans and their needs go beyond management.
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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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