A new study appearing this month in the journal Pain Management Nursing reports positive results from engagement of an online interventional program to “empower” patients with chronic pain. The intervention, termed the “Chronic Pain Management Program,” was studied in a randomized survey of patients at Washington State University, and appears to improve pain intensity, pain interference, and pain self-efficacy among participants, according to the study authors. Patients reduced their use of opioids and were successful in managing their pain with nonmedical alternatives including physical activity, positive thinking, and emotional self-awareness.
Study participants were recruited from primary care practices and internet sites and randomly assigned to receive access to the intervention immediately or after an 8-week delay. At week 8, patients in the immediate access group had significantly greater improvements on pain self-efficacy and opioid misuse measures than those in the 8-week delay group. Lead author Marian Wilson, PhD, MPH, RN-BC, and assistant professor of nursing, noted that meditation and relaxation can help patients with pain to manage the physical response of tension, but that these techniques are difficult to impart or acquire in standard care settings.
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The journal abstract may be read here.