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Guidelines for management of chronic pain

Veerawat Phongtankuel, Prin X Amorapanth, Eugenia L Siegler
The World Health Organization, one of the leading authorities on pain management, stressed the need for further guidelines to help manage pain in patients with chronic disease. In light of the impact of pain on morbidity and quality of life, this article summarizes current knowledge about pain experienced by older adults in 3 advanced non-cancer-related chronic diseases (ie, congestive heart failure, end-stage renal disease, and stroke) in which pain is common but not typically a primary focus of disease management...
November 2016: Clinics in Geriatric Medicine
C W Cheung, T Cw Chan, P P Chen, M C Chu, W Cm Chui, P T Ho, F Lam, S W Law, J Ly Lee, S Hs Wong, V Kc Wong
Opioids are increasingly used to control chronic non-cancer pain globally. International opioid guidelines have been issued in many different countries but a similar document is not generally available in Hong Kong. Chronic opioid therapy has a role in multidisciplinary management of chronic non-cancer pain despite insufficient evidence for its effectiveness and safety for long-term use. This document reviews the current literature to inform Hong Kong practitioners about the rational use of chronic opioid therapy in chronic non-cancer pain...
October 2016: Hong Kong Medical Journal, Xianggang Yi Xue za Zhi
Jeffrey Sisler, Genevieve Chaput, Jonathan Sussman, Emmanuel Ozokwelu
OBJECTIVE: To offer FPs a summary of evidence-based recommendations to guide their follow-up survivorship care of women treated for breast cancer. QUALITY OF EVIDENCE: A literature search was conducted in MEDLINE from 2000 to 2016 using the search words breast cancer, survivorship, follow-up care, aftercare, guidelines, and survivorship care plans, with a focus on review of recent guidelines published by national cancer organizations. Evidence ranges from level I to level III...
October 2016: Canadian Family Physician Médecin de Famille Canadien
Manuel P Pereira, Sebastian Mühl, Esther M Pogatzki-Zahn, Konstantin Agelopoulos, Sonja Ständer
In recent years, measurement of the intraepidermal nerve fiber (IENF) density has gained relevance in the diagnostics of chronic pruritus. This method allows the objectification and quantification of a small-fiber neuropathy, which may manifest clinically with pruritus, pain or dysesthetic sensory symptoms, such as burning, stinging and tingling sensations or numbness. Upon suspicion of a small-fiber neuropathy as a cause for chronic pruritus, targeted diagnostic procedures are essential for the early detection of the neuroanatomical changes...
October 11, 2016: Dermatology and Therapy
Mesut Mutluoglu, Gunalp Uzun, Michael Bennett, Peter Germonpré, David Smart, Daniel Mathieu
Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) are one of the most common indications for hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT). The role of HBOT in DFUs is often debated. Recent evidence based guidelines, while recommending its use, urge further studies to identify the patient subgroups most likely to benefit from HBOT. A recent study in Diabetes Care aimed to assess the efficacy of HBOT in reducing the need for major amputation and improving wound healing in patients with chronic DFUs. In this study, patients with Wagner grade 2-4 diabetic foot lesions were randomly assigned to have HBOT (30 sessions/90 min/244 kPa) or sham treatment (30 sessions/90 min/air/125 kPa)...
September 2016: Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine: the Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society
J J Wong, P Côté, D A Sutton, K Randhawa, H Yu, S Varatharajan, R Goldgrub, M Nordin, D P Gross, H M Shearer, L J Carroll, P J Stern, A Ameis, D Southerst, S Mior, M Stupar, T Varatharajan, A Taylor-Vaisey
: We conducted a systematic review of guidelines on the management of low back pain (LBP) to assess their methodological quality and guide care. We synthesized guidelines on the management of LBP published from 2005 to 2014 following best evidence synthesis principles. We searched MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, PsycINFO, Cochrane, DARE, National Health Services Economic Evaluation Database, Health Technology Assessment Database, Index to Chiropractic Literature and grey literature. Independent reviewers critically appraised eligible guidelines using AGREE II criteria...
October 6, 2016: European Journal of Pain: EJP
K Teo, M H Johnson, S Truter, S Pandanaboyana, J A Windsor
BACKGROUND: Patients with chronic pancreatitis (CP) frequently report chronic abdominal pain that adversely impacts their quality of life. Assessment of pain in CP is required for clinical management and clinical studies. International consensus guidelines recognized a lack of specific and validated pain assessment tools for CP. Therefore, the aim of this systematic review is to identify and compare all clinical studies that assessed pain in the context of a treatment for pain in CP. METHODS: A systematic literature search was performed in PubMed, Cochrane Library and Ovid MEDLINE...
September 14, 2016: Pancreatology: Official Journal of the International Association of Pancreatology (IAP) ... [et Al.]
M Neale Weitzmann, Ighovwerha Ofotokun, Kehmia Titanji, Anjali Sharma, Michael T Yin
Clinical data accumulated over the past two decades attests to a significant decline in bone mineral density (BMD) in patients infected by HIV, which does not remit but may actually intensify with anti-retroviral therapy (ART). Long generally perceived as an aberration without clinical consequences in relatively young HIV-infected cohorts, recent studies have documented marked increases in fracture incidence in HIV-infected men and women over a wide age continuum. Fractures are associated with chronic pain, crippling morbidity, and increased mortality, undermining the gains in quality of life achieved though ART...
September 28, 2016: Current HIV/AIDS Reports
Darija Mahović, Fanika Mrsić
Dear Editor, the practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine described psoriasis some 2000 years ago (1). Psoriasis vulgaris is a common, chronic inflammatory skin disease whose worldwide prevalence ranges from 0.1-3% (2,3). Understanding the role of the immune system in psoriasis and the interplay between the innate and adaptive immune system has helped to manage this complex disease, which affects patients far beyond the skin changes themselves (2). In addition to the usual and widely accepted methods of treatment of psoriasis, including topical therapies, phototherapy, and conventional and biological systemic therapies, data can be found in the literature that suggest a favorable effect of acupuncture on the course of psoriasis (4,5)...
August 2016: Acta Dermatovenerologica Croatica: ADC
Kathryn J Hammer, Eve M Segal, Laura Alwan, Shan Li, Amila M Patel, Melinda Tran, Helen M Marshall
PURPOSE: The use of a collaborative drug therapy agreement (CDTA) by oncology pharmacists in a comprehensive pain clinic is described. SUMMARY: Recognizing the complex clinical services required by patients with cancer, the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance began offering cancer pain management through a specialized pain service. Initially, the clinic was staffed by one attending physician; however, as the volume of patient referrals increased, the clinic expanded into an interprofessional team that includes physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, and pharmacists...
September 15, 2016: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
Anne G M Schilder, Tasnee Chonmaitree, Allan W Cripps, Richard M Rosenfeld, Margaretha L Casselbrant, Mark P Haggard, Roderick P Venekamp
Otitis media (OM) or middle ear inflammation is a spectrum of diseases, including acute otitis media (AOM), otitis media with effusion (OME; 'glue ear') and chronic suppurative otitis media (CSOM). OM is among the most common diseases in young children worldwide. Although OM may resolve spontaneously without complications, it can be associated with hearing loss and life-long sequelae. In developing countries, CSOM is a leading cause of hearing loss. OM can be of bacterial or viral origin; during 'colds', viruses can ascend through the Eustachian tube to the middle ear and pave the way for bacterial otopathogens that reside in the nasopharynx...
2016: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
Jonathan H Chen, Jason Hom, Ilana Richman, Steven M Asch, Tanya Podchiyska, Nawal Atwan Johansen
Long-term opioid use for noncancer pain is increasingly prevalent yet controversial given the risks of addiction, diversion, and overdose. Prior literature has identified the problem and proposed management guidelines, but limited evidence exists on the actual effectiveness of implementing such guidelines in a primary care setting.A multidisciplinary working group of institutional experts assembled comprehensive guidelines for chronic opioid prescribing, including monitoring and referral recommendations. The guidelines were disseminated in September 2013 to our medical center's primary care clinics via in person and electronic education...
August 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Breanne B Das, Jocelyn Ronda, Maria Trent
PURPOSE: Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is a common disorder of the reproductive tract that is frequently misdiagnosed and inadequately treated. PID and its complications, such as infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and chronic pelvic pain, are preventable by screening asymptomatic patients for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and promptly treating individuals with STIs and PID. RECENT FINDINGS: The rates of adverse outcomes in women with PID are high and disproportionately affect young minority women...
2016: Infection and Drug Resistance
Gustavo Deza, Ana M Giménez-Arnau
Urticaria is a common skin disorder defined by the occurrence of itchy and even painful wheals, angioedema, or both. The lifetime prevalence for its acute and chronic form is 20 and 1%, respectively. The patients' quality of life is impaired because of itch, disfigurement, and high associated comorbidity. To understand the pathophysiology of the wheal in order to ensure a correct therapeutic approach is critical. Mast cells are the primary effector cells in urticaria, which produce and secrete a variety of inflammatory mediators, mainly histamine...
2016: Current Problems in Dermatology
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Kavita N Manchikanti, Christopher G Gharibo, Alan D Kaye
CONTEXT: Lumbar post-surgery syndrome is common and often results in chronic, persistent pain and disability, which can lead to multiple interventions. After failure of conservative treatment, either surgical treatment or a nonsurgical modality of treatment such as epidural injections, percutaneous adhesiolysis is often contemplated in managing lumbar post surgery syndrome. Recent guidelines and systematic reviews have reached different conclusions about the level of evidence for the efficacy of epidural injections and percutaneous adhesiolysis in managing lumbar post surgery syndrome...
April 2016: Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Amy D Nguyen, Melissa T Baysari, Diluk R W Kannangara, Amina Tariq, Annie Y S Lau, Johanna I Westbrook, Richard O Day
BACKGROUND: Gout is an arthritic condition that is characterised by extremely painful, debilitating acute attacks and eventual joint and organ damage if not controlled. Despite the availability of very effective therapies that, if adhered to, will prevent acute attacks and long-term damage, the disorder is increasingly prevalent. There is an urgent need to improve self-management of gout. OBJECTIVES: Mobile health (mHealth) applications ('apps'), designed to facilitate management of chronic conditions, present novel opportunities for supporting patient self-management of gout...
October 2016: International Journal of Medical Informatics
Penny Bee, John McBeth, Gary J MacFarlane, Karina Lovell
BACKGROUND: Clinical guidelines recommend a combination of physical, pharmacological and psychological treatments for chronic widespread pain, but published accounts of treatment acceptability are lacking. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews (n = 44) nested within a randomised controlled trial comparing the clinical and cost effectiveness of prescribed exercise, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and combined exercise and CBT to treatment as usual for adults with chronic widespread pain...
2016: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
G Cruccu, L Garcia-Larrea, P Hansson, M Keindl, J-P Lefaucheur, W Paulus, R Taylor, V Tronnier, A Truini, N Attal
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Our aim was to update previous European Federation of Neurological Societies guidelines on neurostimulation for neuropathic pain, expanding the search to new techniques and to chronic pain conditions other than neuropathic pain, and assessing the evidence with the Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) system. METHODS: A systematic review and meta-analysis of trials published between 2006 and December 2014 was conducted...
October 2016: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
Coen Itz, Frank Huygen, Maarten van Kleef
Low back pain in general and specifically chronic low back pain forms a major burden for the patient and society. Recently studies demonstrated that up to 65% of patients evolve to chronic pain as opposed to the previously accepted 8%. As low back pain patients present first with their general practitioner, the latter should establish a treatment plan, including the appropriate referrals. There are, however, no clear guidelines as to how to refer low back pain patients. The process of trial and error of different specialties and treatment possibilities often results in a long and costly trajectory...
November 2016: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Lori Lazdowsky, Jonathan Rabner, Alessandra Caruso, Karen Kaczynski, Sarah Gottlieb, Elyse Mahoney, Alyssa LeBel
BACKGROUND: Headache is the most common type of pain reported in the pediatric population, and chronic headache is an increasingly prevalent and debilitating pain condition in children and adolescents. With large numbers of students experiencing acute headaches and more students with chronic headache reentering typical school settings, greater availability of tailored evidence-based practice guidelines for school nurses is imperative. METHODS: A 2-armed study was developed to assess the need for and evaluate the use and favorability of a headache-driven school nurse guide...
September 2016: Journal of School Health
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