Pain Management

End-of-life Care: Not a Cost Bogeyman After All?

Per-capita expenditures on end-of-life care have been dropping since 2008, according to a study by The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

The decrease helped moderate Medicare spending, the study finds. Spending...


Exploring Telemedicine’s Potential in Palliative Care

A literature review found palliative care can be delivered effectively through telemedicine.


Study Helps Clarify Migraines’ Link to Mood Disorders

A Taiwanese study focusing on migraine frequency expands on earlier research linking depression and anxiety to headaches.


Spider Venom May Hold Key to Treating IBS

Researchers assessing the role that venom plays in activating nerve fibers involved in pain sensation have uncovered a surprising mechanism that may influence irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)-related pain.


Study Raises Questions about Protocols for End-of-life Care

Despite efforts to enhance palliative care, recent evidence suggests that pain and other symptoms are still major issues during the last year of many patients’ lives.


Product Spotlight

Wearable Elastic Delivers Drug When Stretched

If a drug needs to be released transdermally over time, a drug-eluting elastic film may be the answer.

Developed by researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the drug-releasing...


Innovative Program Highlights Best Practices in Pain Management

Helping patients achieve safe, adequate pain relief is often challenging. Pharmacist-driven pain management programs may be one path to effectively addressing issues such as opioid safety and high medical costs.


Palliative Care Training Empowers ICU Nurses to Meet Families’ Needs, Study Finds

In the highly charged ICU environment, the bedside nurse is on the front line for communicating information about patients’ conditions. Yet many nurses are unclear about their role in fostering that communication and lack confidence to address families’ questions. That has significant implications, particularly in light of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation study indicating that approximately one in five patients who are treated in an ICU dies while receiving care or soon after.


Abuse-deterrent Opioids: A Fraught Approach to an Epidemic

Since 1999, the United States’ rapidly escalating epidemic of prescription drug abuse has directly correlated with a nearly 300 percent uptick in prescription painkiller sales, according to the CDC. abuse-deterrent formulations of some of these drugs are now available, but what problem are they addressing?


3 Ways 2 Heal: Easton Hospital’s Comprehensive Approach to Spine Care

Easton Hospital’s Comprehensive Spine Management Program combines physical therapy, pain management and surgical expertise to customize care and optimize results for patients with cervical and lumbar pain.