Federal pain research database launched – National Institutes of Health – 27 May 2014

Posted on May 30, 2014. Filed under: Anaesthesiology, Palliative Care | Tags: |

Federal pain research database launched – National Institutes of Health – 27 May 2014

The Interagency Pain Research Portfolio (IPRP), a database that provides information about pain research and training activities supported by the federal government, has been launched by six federal agencies.

Pain is a symptom of many disorders; chronic pain can present as a disease in of itself. The economic cost of pain is estimated to be hundreds of billions of dollars annually in lost wages and productivity.

“This database will provide the public and the research community with an important tool to learn more about the breadth and details of pain research supported across the federal government. They can search for individual research projects or sets of projects grouped by themes uniquely relevant to pain,” said Linda Porter, Ph.D., Policy Advisor for Pain at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). “It also can be helpful in identifying potential collaborators by searching for topic areas of interest or for investigators.”

Users of the database easily can search over 1,200 research projects in a multi-tiered system. In Tier 1, grants are organized as basic, translational (research that can be applied to diseases), or clinical research projects. In Tier 2, grants are sorted among 29 scientific topic areas related to pain, such as biobehavioral and psychosocial mechanisms, chronic overlapping conditions, and neurobiological mechanisms.

The Tier 2 categories are also organized into nine research themes: pain mechanisms, basic to clinical, disparities, training and education, tools and instruments, risk factors and causes, surveillance and human trials, overlapping conditions, and use of services, treatments, and interventions.”

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National Hip Fracture Database: Anaesthesia Sprint Audit of Practice (ASAP) – Royal College of Physicians – 31 March 2014

Posted on April 4, 2014. Filed under: Anaesthesiology, Orthopaedics, Surgery | Tags: |

National Hip Fracture Database: Anaesthesia Sprint Audit of Practice (ASAP) – Royal College of Physicians – 31 March 2014

Media release: Professionals are divided over best care for hip fracture patients, latest audit results show

“The latest report from the Falls and Fragility Fracture Programme (FFFAP) National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD) shows that just over half of patients are receiving pain relieving anaesthetic (known as a ‘nerve block’) as part of their care for hip fracture.

The National Hip Fracture Database Anaesthesia Sprint Audit of Practice (ASAP) (PDF 2MB) results, published today, show that 56% of hip fracture patients receive a peri-operative nerve block for pain relief and 44% of patients do not. The audit recommends that this type of pain relieving anaesthetic should be offered to all hospital patients who suffer hip fracture.

The Anaesthetic Sprint Audit of Practice (ASAP) was commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) as part of the National Clinical Audit programme. ASAP marks a successful collaboration between several professional organisations. The NHS Hip Fracture Perioperative Network (HipPen), British Orthopaedic Association (BOA), British Geriatrics Society (BGS), Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) have worked together to explore anaesthesia within hip fracture care using data collected by members of the HipPen.”

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Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research – Institute of Medicine – 29 June 2011

Posted on June 30, 2011. Filed under: Anaesthesiology, Chronic Disease Mgmt | Tags: , |

Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research – Institute of Medicine – 29 June 2011

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“Chronic pain affects an estimated 116 million American adults—more than the total affected by heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined. Pain also costs the nation up to $635 billion each year in medical treatment and lost productivity. The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act required the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to enlist the IOM in examining pain as a public health problem.

In this report, the IOM offers a blueprint for action in transforming prevention, care, education, and research, with the goal of providing relief for people with pain in America. To reach the vast multitude of people with various types of pain, the nation must adopt a population-level prevention and management strategy. The IOM recommends that HHS develop a comprehensive plan with specific goals, actions, and timeframes. Better data are needed to help shape efforts, especially on the groups of people currently underdiagnosed and undertreated, and the IOM encourages federal and state agencies and private organizations to accelerate the collection of data on pain incidence, prevalence, and treatments. Because pain varies from patient to patient, healthcare providers should increasingly aim at tailoring pain care to each person’s experience, and self-management of pain should be promoted. In addition, because there are major gaps in knowledge about pain across health care and society alike, the IOM recommends that federal agencies and other stakeholders redesign education programs to bridge these gaps. Pain is a major driver for visits to physicians, a major reason for taking medications, a major cause of disability, and a key factor in quality of life and productivity. Given the burden of pain in human lives, dollars, and social consequences, relieving pain should be a national priority.”

 

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Pain Management Interventions for Elderly Patients With Hip Fracture – AHRQ – Clinician Guide, Research Review, Consumer Guide – 17 May 2011

Posted on May 30, 2011. Filed under: Orthopaedics | Tags: , |

Pain Management Interventions for Elderly Patients With Hip Fracture – Clinician Guide – 17 May 2011
Key Clinical Issue
What are the comparative effectiveness, benefits, and adverse events associated with interventions for acute-pain management, as compared to usual care, in elderly patients with hip fractures from low-impact injury?

Pain Management Interventions for Hip Fracture – Research Review – Final – 17 May 2011

Managing Pain From a Broken Hip: A Guide for Adults and Their Caregivers – Consumer Guide – 17 May 2011

all from AHRQ – Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

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Essence of Care: a consultation on a new benchmark on pain – UK

Posted on July 22, 2009. Filed under: Palliative Care | Tags: |

Essence of Care: a consultation on a new benchmark on pain

“Essence of Care is a structured system of benchmarks widely used in various health settings. A focus group made up of carers, patients and professionals have met to review the benchmarks and this has led to a proposed new benchmark for pain management. The Department of Health are now opening this up for wider consultation. A consultation has also been launched on the reviewed original benchmarks.”

Department of Health – publications

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