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Practice guidelines for chronic pain treatment

Gregory Plotnikoff, Melissa Barber
INTRODUCTION: Single-disorder or single-organ-system clinical practice guidelines are often of limited usefulness in guiding effective management of patients with chronic multidimensional signs and symptoms. The presence of multiple long-standing medical problems in a given patient despite intensive medical effort suggests that addressing systemic core imbalances could complement more narrowly focused approaches. CASE PRESENTATION: A 72-year-old man experiencing longstanding depression, fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, and chronic pain in the context of additional refractory illnesses was assessed and treated, guided by a system-oriented approach to underlying core imbalances termed functional medicine...
October 14, 2016: Permanente Journal
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
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
Kate Button, Fiona Morgan, Helen Hodgson, Alison L Weightman, Steve Jones
BACKGROUND: Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions are the most frequently reported chronic conditions and one of the biggest causes of disability in the UK. Given the ageing population and the impact of these problems, the demand for MSK treatment will rise. Despite reduced waiting times, MSK pathways have remained variable and inconsistent and need to be improved to meet patient needs. The aim of this systematic review is to understand the evidence for the effectiveness of current models of service delivery and care pathways for adult hip/knee pain patients accessing secondary care for specialist opinions...
August 1, 2016: Systematic Reviews
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
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
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
Joseph R Kardouni, Tracie L Shing, Daniel I Rhon
INTRODUCTION: Musculoskeletal low back pain (LBP) is commonly treated symptomatically, with practice guidelines advocating reserving surgery for cases that fail conservative care. This study examined medical comorbidities and demographic variables as risk factors for chronic/recurrent LBP, spinal surgery, and time to surgery. METHODS: A 2015 retrospective cohort study was conducted in U.S. Army soldiers (N=1,092,420) from 2002 to 2011. Soldiers with medical encounters for LBP were identified using ICD-9 codes...
November 2016: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Judith A Paice, Russell Portenoy, Christina Lacchetti, Toby Campbell, Andrea Cheville, Marc Citron, Louis S Constine, Andrea Cooper, Paul Glare, Frank Keefe, Lakshmi Koyyalagunta, Michael Levy, Christine Miaskowski, Shirley Otis-Green, Paul Sloan, Eduardo Bruera
PURPOSE: To provide evidence-based guidance on the optimum management of chronic pain in adult cancer survivors. METHODS: An ASCO-convened expert panel conducted a systematic literature search of studies investigating chronic pain management in cancer survivors. Outcomes of interest included symptom relief, pain intensity, quality of life, functional outcomes, adverse events, misuse or diversion, and risk assessment or mitigation. RESULTS: A total of 63 studies met eligibility criteria and compose the evidentiary basis for the recommendations...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
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BACKGROUND: Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) is a distinctive modality commonly used by osteopathic physicians to complement conventional management of musculoskeletal disorders, including those that cause low back pain (LBP). Osteopathic manipulative treatment is defined in the Glossary of Osteopathic Terminology as "The therapeutic application of manually guided forces by an osteopathic physician (U.S. Usage) to improve physiologic function and/or support homeostasis that has been altered by somatic dysfunction...
August 1, 2016: Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
Bruce A Schoneboom, Susan M Perry, William Keith Barnhill, Nicholas A Giordano, Kelly L Wiltse Nicely, Rosemary C Polomano
Chronic noncancer pain (CNCP) in military and veteran populations mirrors the experience of chronic pain in America; however, these two populations have unique characteristics and comorbid conditions such as traumatic brain injuries, postconcussive syndrome, posttraumatic stress disorder, and behavioral health disorders that complicate the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain. Military members and veterans may also be stigmatized about their conditions and experience problems with integration back into healthy lifestyles and society as a whole following deployments and after military service...
September 2016: Nursing Outlook
Amarins J Wijma, C Paul van Wilgen, Mira Meeus, Jo Nijs
Pain neuroscience education (PNE) is increasingly used as part of a physical therapy treatment in patients with chronic pain. A thorough clinical biopsychosocial assessment is recommended prior to PNE to allow proper explanation of the neurophysiology of pain and the biopsychosocial interactions in an interactive and patient-centered manner. However, without clear guidelines, clinicians are left wondering how a biopsychosocial assessment should be administered. Therefore, we provided a practical guide, based on scientific research and clinical experience, for the biopsychosocial assessment of patients with chronic pain in physiotherapy practice...
July 2016: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
Linda Ld Zhong, Nan-Nan Shi, Liang Dai, Tat Chi Ziea, Bacon Ng, Xu-Dong Tang, Zhao-Xiang Bian, Ai-Ping Lu
Stomach pain in Chinese medicine (CM) is a very common disorder in clinical practice and it has been listed as one of the pilot three conditions in Hong Kong to develop evidence-based CM clinical practice guidelines (CM CPGs). The aim of this stomach Pain CPG is to summarize the treatment methods of stomach pain with CM and evaluate reasonably, then to guide local licensed CM practitioners and provide beneficial reference for social medical decision makers and patients. In this manuscript, we defifi ned stomach pain in CM and the category of chronic gastritis in Western medicine...
June 23, 2016: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
Centers For Disease Control And Prevention Public Health Service U S Department Of Health And Human Services
Improving the way opioids are prescribed through clinical practice guidelines can ensure patients have access to safer, more effective chronic pain treatment while reducing the number of people who misuse, abuse, or overdose from these drugs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed and published the Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain to provide recommendations for the prescribing of opioid pain medication for patients 18 and older in primary care settings. Recommendations focus on the use of opioids in treating chronic pain (pain lasting longer than 3 months or past the time of normal tissue healing) outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care...
June 2016: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
Shiekha AlAujan, Saja AlMazrou, Roger D Knaggs, Rachel A Elliott
BACKGROUND: Low back pain (LBP) and fibromyalgia (FM), also known as chronic widespread pain (CWP), are highly prevalent chronic painful conditions that have substantial impact on patients, health care systems, and society. Diagnosis is complex and management strategies are associated with various levels of evidence for effectiveness and cost-effectiveness. Multidisciplinary pain services have been shown to be effective in some settings and therefore are recommended by clinical practice guidelines as a rational treatment option to manage these patients...
2016: Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare
Tejal Patel, Feng Chang, Heba Tallah Mohammed, Lalitha Raman-Wilms, Jane Jurcic, Ayesha Khan, Beth Sproule
The treatment of chronic pain consumes a significant share of primary care. Community and family health team pharmacists frequently see patients with chronic pain, thus have the opportunity to improve their care. To assess the knowledge, perceptions, and attitudes of Ontario pharmacists, we invited 5,324 Ontario pharmacists, to participate in an online survey we developed using Qualtrics. The 31-question survey gathered demographic information, assessed pharmacists' knowledge of three chronic pain conditions; chronic lower back pain (CLBP, eight true/false statements); chronic headache disorder (CHD, eight true/false statements) and painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN, seven true/false statements), and their attitudes toward and perceptions of patients with these conditions, and knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions of opioids in pain management...
2016: PloS One
Marco Aurélio Nemitalla Added, Leonardo Oliveira Pena Costa, Diego Galace de Freitas, Thiago Yukio Fukuda, Renan Lima Monteiro, Evelyn Cassia Salomão, Flávia Cordeiro de Medeiros, Lucíola da Cunha Menezes Costa
Study Design Randomized controlled trial. Background Many clinical practice guidelines endorse both manual therapy and exercise as effective treatment options for patients with low back pain. To optimize the effects of the treatments recommended by the guidelines, a new intervention known as Kinesio Taping is being widely used in these patients. Objectives To determine the effectiveness of Kinesio Taping in patients with chronic nonspecific low back pain when added to a physical therapy program consisting of exercise and manual therapy...
July 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
Johannes Just, Martin Mücke, Markus Bleckwenn
BACKGROUND: The incidence of initial prescriptions of opioids for chronic non-cancer pain rose by 37% in Germany from 2000 to 2010. Prescribing practice does not always conform with the recommendations of current guidelines. In the USA, 8-12% of patients with chronic non-cancer pain are opioid-dependent. METHODS: This review is based on publications retrieved by a selective PubMed search and on the German S3 guideline on the long-term use of opioids in non-cancer pain...
April 1, 2016: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
M Elena Garralda
BACKGROUND: Unexplained medical symptoms are common in children. They constitute the main feature of somatoform disorders of childhood (i.e. pain disorders, conversion disorder and chronic fatigue syndrome or neurasthenia). OBJECTIVE: To describe assessment and treatment strategies for severe somatoform disorders of childhood. METHODS: Review of recommendations for clinical practice and clinical trials. RESULTS: A number of specific techniques have been described...
April 2002: Acta Neuropsychiatrica
Corey C Tsang, Mirella G Giudice
Nabilone, a synthetic cannabinoid, is approved in many countries including, but not limited to, Canada, the United States, Mexico, and the United Kingdom for the treatment of severe nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy. Clinical evidence is emerging for its use in managing pain conditions with different etiologies. We review the efficacy and safety of nabilone for various types of pain as well as its abuse potential, precautions and contraindications, and drug interactions; summarize pertinent clinical practice guidelines; and provide recommendations for dosing, monitoring, and patient education...
March 2016: Pharmacotherapy
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