Research can help find the optimal pathway to limit the negative impacts of pain.
Research & Researchers
Pain is often a complex problem in that everyone experiences it differently. In western medicine, we have very little pragmatic, clinical research on options for managing it effectively, nonpharmacological or otherwise. Additionally, the opioid epidemic has shown that pharmacological approaches may have only minimal benefit for the management of pain and the risk of substantial harms.
Objectively measuring psychosocial, functional, financial, and lifestyle factors and studying their relationship with outcomes is especially important in studies investigating health conditions, such as pain, that are known to be exacerbated by heightened periods of stress and anxiety – an emotion shared by many during this unprecedented time.
In this working document, the Pain Management Collaboratory Biostatistics/Design Workgroup offers an overview of the intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) and recommendations for researchers planning cluster randomized trials with pain outcomes.
Recently, a multidisciplinary group of leading experts in pain updated the definition of “pain” on behalf of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). Particularly relevant is the acknowledgement that pain is a personal, subjective and multidimensional experience that can be shaped by a range of biological, psychological and social factors.
The Use of Complementary and Integrative Health Approaches for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain in Younger US Veterans: An Economic Evaluation
Researchers, including PMC PI Stephanie Taylor, PhD, MPH, conducted the first study of cost effectiveness of complementary and integrative health (CIH) therapy use among younger Veterans with musculoskeletal pain.
More than two dozen Yale professors, doctors, and students have published a series of groundbreaking articles on the opioid crisis in the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics.
Participants in the SOTA conference identified nine non-pharmacological therapies with sufficient evidence to be implemented across the VHA system as part of pain care.
Treatments such as mindfulness meditation, biofeedback, and hypnosis, among others, have been determined to have at least promising evidence of effectiveness for pain management. (Photo: Joseph Eddins)