There are many methods for evaluating pain in the primary care setting, many of which can be completed by patients in the waiting room and have diagnostic value during the clinical encounter.
1 Jun 2020
In older adults, psychological therapies have small benefits for treating chronic pain, review finds
Psychological interventions such as group therapy were associated with significant improvements in pain intensity and catastrophizing beliefs.
15 May 2018
Hospital at home plus transition care reduced readmissions, improved patient satisfaction in a case-control study
The study included 295 patients treated under this hospital-at-home (HaH) model and a control group of 212 patients who met HaH eligibility but declined participation or were seen in the ED when an HaH admission could not be initiated.
26 Jun 2018
An editorial noted that surgeons should have patients anticipate some postoperative discomfort rather than expect a pain-free recovery and should discuss other analgesics to try before opioids, with an option to escalate to them if needed.
3 Oct 2017
Survey finds that of the 1 in 3 U.S. adults who used a prescription opioid in 2015, 1 in 8 misused them
Weighted estimates from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health suggested that 91.8 million (37.8%) adults used prescription opioids, 11.5 million (4.7%) misused them, and 1.9 million (0.8%) had a use disorder.
1 Aug 2017
Gabapentin showed minimal improvement of pain compared with placebo, while pregabalin was not as effective compared to other types of analgesic medication, the study showed.
22 Aug 2017
This regulatory update covers a proposed reclassification of hydrocodone combination products from schedule III to schedule II, and approval of an extended-release version of hydrocodone bitartrate for pain management.
1 Jan 2014
The guidelines address ongoing monitoring, treatment agreements, and state prescription drug monitoring programs, among other areas.
23 May 2017
Marijuana use has risen, so internists need to understand its real risks as well as its potential clinical uses, such as for chronic pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and multiple sclerosis spasticity symptoms.
1 Apr 2019
Assessing and managing pain can be complicated in elderly patients. Learn which tools work, which tools don't, and how to optimize treatment.
1 Jul 2013