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Person-centered pain

Ho Sun Kim, Joon-Shik Shin, Jinho Lee, Yoon Jae Lee, Me-Riong Kim, Young-Hyeon Bae, Ki Byung Park, Eun-Jung Lee, Joo-Hee Kim, In-Hyuk Ha
BACKGROUND: Osteoarthritis is a significant burden on personal health and for social cost, and its prevalence is rising. Recent research has revealed an association between osteoarthritis and cardiovascular disease, and this study uses the Framingham risk score (FRS), which is widely used as a composite index of cardiovascular risk factors, to investigate the association between osteoarthritis and various cardiovascular risk factors. METHODS: A total 9,514 participants aged 50 years or older who received knee X-ray diagnosis of the 5th Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (total surveyees = 24,173) released by the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was included for analysis...
2016: PloS One
Mark E Kunik, A Lynn Snow, Nancy Wilson, Amber B Amspoker, Shubhada Sansgiry, Robert O Morgan, Jun Ying, Gayle Hersch, Melinda A Stanley
OBJECTIVES: To compare the efficacy of Preventing Aggression in Veterans with Dementia (PAVeD) with that of usual care in decreasing incidence of aggression (primary outcome) and pain and improving depression, pleasant events, caregiver burden, and patient-caregiver relationship quality (secondary outcomes). DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial with assessments at baseline and 3, 6, 9, and 12 months SETTING: Houston, TX. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 203 community-dwelling veterans with pain and dementia and their caregivers...
April 27, 2016: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Donald R Hopkins, Ernesto Ruiz-Tiben, Mark L Eberhard, Sharon L Roy, Adam J Weiss
Dracunculiasis (Guinea worm disease) is caused by Dracunculus medinensis, a parasitic worm. Approximately 1 year after a person acquires infection from drinking contaminated water, the worm emerges through the skin, usually on the leg. Pain and secondary bacterial infection can cause temporary or permanent disability that disrupts work and schooling. The campaign to eradicate dracunculiasis worldwide began in 1980 at CDC. In 1986, the World Health Assembly called for dracunculiasis elimination (1), and the global Guinea Worm Eradication Program, led by the Carter Center and supported by the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), CDC, and other partners, began assisting ministries of health in countries where dracunculiasis was endemic...
October 14, 2016: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Magdalena Lang, Roi Treister, Anne Louise Oaklander
Small-fiber polyneuropathy (SFPN) causes non-specific symptoms including chronic pain, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and sweating complaints. Diagnosis is made from history and exam in patients with known risk factors such as diabetes, but objective test confirmation is recommended for patients without known risks. If tests confirm SFPN, and it is "initially idiopathic" (iiSFPN), screening for occult causes is indicated. This study's aim was to evaluate the 21 widely available, recommended blood tests to identify the most cost-effective ones and to learn about occult causes of iiSFPN...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Neurology
Keith Willett, David J Keene, Dipesh Mistry, Julian Nam, Elizabeth Tutton, Robert Handley, Lesley Morgan, Emma Roberts, Andrew Briggs, Ranjit Lall, Timothy J S Chesser, Ian Pallister, Sarah E Lamb
Importance: Ankle fractures cause substantial morbidity in older persons. Surgical fixation is the contemporary intervention but is associated with infection and other healing complications. Objective: To determine whether initial fracture treatment with close contact casting, a molded below-knee cast with minimal padding, offers outcome equivalent to that with immediate surgery, with fewer complications and less health resource use. Design, Setting, and Participants: This was a pragmatic, equivalence, randomized clinical trial with blinded outcome assessors...
October 11, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Aaron L Leppin, Cara Fernandez, Jon C Tilburt
CONTEXT: Treatment of pain in cancer is a clinical priority. Many cancer patients seek and use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies. OBJECTIVES: To describe the role CAM plays in oncology clinicians' approaches to pain management and its alignment with patient preference and self-care. METHODS: We used quantitative criteria to identify patients with high, self-reported pain and reduced quality of life. For these patients, we merged quantitative and qualitative data from encounter audio recordings, patient surveys, and the medical record...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Darrel S Brodke, Vadim Goz, Brandon D Lawrence, W Ryan Spiker, Ashley Neese, Man Hung
BACKGROUND: One-fourth of the adult US population has or will experience back pain and has undergone one of a myriad of treatments. Understanding the outcomes of these many treatments from pharmacologic to surgical, from manipulation to modality, allows for a better understanding and value-driven decision making. Patient-reported outcome measures are the current standard and include general and disease-specific measures. The Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) is the most commonly used disease-specific patient-reported outcome tool to measure functional disability related to back pain...
September 29, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Sara Wallström, Kerstin Ulin, Elmir Omerovic, Inger Ekman
BACKGROUND: Takotsubo syndrome is a form of acute, reversible heart failure that has gained increasing attention. It affects mostly postmenopausal women, and its acute onset and symptoms mimic acute myocardial infarction. The distinct feature of takotsubo syndrome is the ballooning of a ventricle, but the complete pathophysiological mechanisms are not fully understood. Both short-term and long-term survival are affected, but little is known about the illness experience and self-reported residual symptoms after discharge from hospital...
September 16, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Sander Bins, Geert A Cirkel, Christa G Gadellaa-van Hooijdonk, Fleur Weeber, Isaac J Nijman, Annette H Bruggink, Paul J van Diest, Stefan M Willems, Wouter B Veldhuis, Michel M van den Heuvel, Rob J de Knegt, Marco J Koudijs, Erik van Werkhoven, Ron H J Mathijssen, Edwin Cuppen, Stefan Sleijfer, Jan H M Schellens, Emile E Voest, Marlies H G Langenberg, Maja J A de Jonge, Neeltje Steeghs, Martijn P Lolkema
BACKGROUND: The discovery of novel biomarkers that predict treatment response in advanced cancer patients requires acquisition of high-quality tumor samples. As cancer evolves over time, tissue is ideally obtained before the start of each treatment. Preferably, samples are freshly frozen to allow analysis by next-generation DNA/RNA sequencing (NGS) but also for making other emerging systematic techniques such as proteomics and metabolomics possible. Here, we describe the first 469 image-guided biopsies collected in a large collaboration in The Netherlands (Center for Personalized Cancer Treatment) and show the utility of these specimens for NGS analysis...
September 23, 2016: Oncologist
S T Garrity, M Pistilli, M S Vaphiades, N Q Richards, P S Subramanian, P R Rosa, B L Lam, B J Osborne, G T Liu, K E Duncan, R K Shin, N J Volpe, K S Shindler, M S Lee, M L Moster, E H Tracey, S E Cuprill-Nilson, M A Tamhankar
PurposeTo determine the differences in the presentation of ophthalmic giant cell arteritis between African-Americans and Caucasians.MethodsThis was a multicenter retrospective case series comparing African-American patients with ophthalmic GCA to a previously published Caucasian cohort. Neuro-ophthalmic centers across the United States were contacted to provide data on African-American patients with biopsy-proven ophthalmic giant cell arteritis. The differences between African-American and Caucasian patients with respect to multiple variables, including age, sex, systemic and ophthalmic signs and symptoms, ocular ischemic lesions, and laboratory results were studied...
September 16, 2016: Eye
Agnes Oude Engberink, Beatrice Lognos, Melanie Badin, François Carbonnel, Marion Lalau, Hubert Blain, Gérard Bourrel
OBJECTIVES: First of all, understand the management of pain in the elderly population through GP experiences and, secondly, explore their implication to the benefit of well aging. METHOD: Qualitative study with data collection combining 2 focus groups and 5 in depth interviews centered on the lived experience of 16 GPs in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in southern France. A semiopragmatic phenomenological analysis of the fully transcribed verbatim interviews was used to establish the significant categories in relation with our objectives...
September 2, 2016: La Presse Médicale
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)
Dominik A Ettlin, Isabelle Sommer, Ben Brönnimann, Sergio Maffioletti, Jörg Scheidt, Mei-Yin Hou, Nenad Lukic, Beat Steiger
BACKGROUND: Medical symptoms independent of body location burden individuals to varying degrees and may require care by more than one expert. Various paper and computer-based tools exist that aim to comprehensively capture data for optimal clinical management and research. METHODS: A web-based interdisciplinary symptom evaluation (WISE) was newly designed, constructed, and technically implemented. For worldwide applicability and to avoid copyright infringements, open source software tools and free validated questionnaires available in multiple languages were used...
December 2016: Journal of Headache and Pain
Dmitry Y Yakunchikov, Camille J Olechowski, Mark K Simmonds, Michelle J Verrier, Saifudin Rashiq, Lachlan A McWilliams, Igor A Sobolev, Bruce D Dick
: OBJECTIVE : In this study, we were interested in determining whether we could alter a pain response in a chronic pain patient population by exposing participants to different videos prior to inducing acute pain. DESIGN : This observational case series study required participants to report their pain level during the cold pressor task after viewing an instruction video. SETTING:  Recruitment and testing took place in a tertiary care multidisciplinary pain center...
August 24, 2016: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
Andrea Ushinohama, Bianca P Cunha, Leonardo O P Costa, Ana M F Barela, Paulo B de Freitas
BACKGROUND: Ear Acupuncture (EA) is a form of acupuncture in which needles are applied to the external ear and has been used in multiple painful conditions. Low back pain (LBP) is highly prevalent in active individuals and causes high economic burden to health systems worldwide. LBP affects the person's ability to keep balance, especially in challenging conditions. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to examine the effects of a single session of EA on pain intensity and body sway during postural tasks...
July 2016: Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy
Ying-Ling Jao, Sue E Gardner, Lucas J Carr
PURPOSE: The purpose of this article was to evaluate the accuracy of 2 physical activity monitors, monitors 1 and 2, for measuring weight-bearing activity in persons with prior diabetic foot ulcers. DESIGN: Cross-sectional design. INSTRUMENTS: Two recently developed monitors were used to differentiate anatomical postures such as lying, sitting, and standing upright. One monitor was designed to distinguish between duration of standing and walking and the other combines duration of standing and walking into 1 measure...
August 23, 2016: Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing
Ashley Cannon, Svetlana Kurklinsky, Kimberly J Guthrie, Douglas L Riegert-Johnson
UNLABELLED: Objective. To describe the use of an advanced genetic testing technique, whole exome sequencing, to diagnose a patient and their family with a SCN9A channelopathy. Setting. Academic tertiary care center. Design. CASE REPORT: Case Report. A 61-year-old female with a history of acute facial pain, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and constipation was found to have a gain of function SCN9A mutation by whole exome sequencing. This mutation resulted in an SCN9A channelopathy that is most consistent with a diagnosis of paroxysmal extreme pain disorder...
2016: Case Reports in Neurological Medicine
Aarti Dalal, Richard J Czosek, Joshua Kovach, Johannes C von Alvensleben, Santiago Valdes, Susan P Etheridge, Michael J Ackerman, Debbie Auld, Jeryl Huckaby, Courtney McCracken, Robert Campbell
OBJECTIVES: To identify the clinical presentation of children and adolescents affected by 1 of 4 cardiac conditions predisposing to sudden cardiac arrest: hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, long QT syndrome (LQTS), catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT), and anomalous origin of the left coronary artery from the right sinus of Valsalva (ALCA-R). STUDY DESIGN: This was a retrospective review of newly diagnosed pediatric patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, LQTS, CPVT, and ALCA-R referred for cardiac evaluation at 6 US centers from 2008 to 2014...
October 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
Robert M Kaiser, Susan L Kaiser
As professionals in geriatric medicine and social work, we are caregivers for our widowed mother of 90 years, a woman with neurocognitive disorder and multiple medical conditions. She has had repeated, problematic encounters with the health care system over the past 4 years. Caring successfully for an aging parent requires a comprehensive understanding of her unique medical, psychological, and functional status; need for social support; and overall goals of care. Poor communication between and among clinical teams-and with patients and families-is ubiquitous...
August 6, 2016: Gerontologist
Gabriel C Smith, Matthew J Pingree, Laura A Freeman, Jane M Matsumoto, Benjamin M Howe, Stephanie N Kannas, Mary D Pyfferoen, Leah T Struss, Doris E Wenger, Kimberly K Amrami, Martha Matsumoto, Mary L Jurisson
BACKGROUND: Current understanding of the clinical features of persons with melorheostosis is restricted primarily to individual case reports and small case series. OBJECTIVE: To assess the clinical features of patients with melorheostosis treated at our institution from 1972 through 2010. DESIGN: Chart review. SETTING: Tertiary academic medical center. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty-three patients with "definite" and one patient with "probable" melorheostosis based on radiographic criteria...
July 30, 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
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