UNM Myofascial Courses: Intro and Advanced Programs

Myofascial Pain Syndromes constitute the most common pain complaints seen by primary care clinicians and pain specialists. Join us for an interdisciplinary, hands-on workshop that will provide practitioners with a basic understanding of the pathophysiology of myofascial pain, and a problem-based, regional introduction to the differential diagnosis and treatment of myofascial pain syndromes. Participants, in […]

Negative patient-doctor communication could worsen symptoms

Patients can be damaged both emotionally and physiologically when they perceive a lack of understanding or acceptance from their doctor, according to a recent study from the University of Exeter.  This can lead to a worsening of illness, known as the “nocebo response.”  Unlike the placebo effect, which can improve an illness through positive reinforcement, […]

New checklist method helps doctors check pain drug compliance

According to new research, prescribers using a short and newly-developed compliance checklist can better identify individuals most likely to misuse prescription pain medications.  The checklist was developed and validated by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital over the course of six months and 157 patients with chronic pain.  According to lead author, Robert Jamison, PhD, […]

Pain specialists show increasing burnout, prevention programs needed

Pain specialists are at increased risk for burnout, and thus at increased risk for substance abuse, interpersonal difficulties, suicidal tendencies, according to a recent study.  What’s more, burnout can have a direct effect on patients, as clinicians experiencing burnout are at increased risk for causing medical errors.  To counteract this tendency toward burnout, study investigators […]

Patients waiting too long to see the doctor? Try ‘just-in-time’ management methods, researchers urge

Using a pain clinic as a testing ground, researchers have successfully implemented a management process that has been shown to substantially reduce patient wait times and possibly improve the teaching of interns and residents.  The “Just-in-Time” training and inventory process is commonly used in the manufacturing and service industries in an effort to stem waste […]