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Researchers reviewed 26 relevant studies of presurgical psychological predictors on the outcomes of knee or hip surgery and found that “there is evidential value for the effect of depression on pain intensity and function, anxiety on pain intensity and function, pain catastrophizing on pain...

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An article in the journal of Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience states that people who take over the counter acetaminophen feel less scared, less negative, and potentially more willing to do risky things. In multiple studies discussed, people were given acetaminophen or placebo, and asked...

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England’s NICE—the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence—is advising that other types of pain management/treatment should be utilized before common pain medications. Nonpharmacologic suggestions include exercise, psychotherapy, acupuncture, and electrical modalities. In its draft...

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From the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Abstract

Objective: Given changes in U.S. marijuana laws, attitudes, and use patterns, individuals with pain may be an emerging group at risk for nonmedical cannabis use and cannabis use disorder. The authors examined differences in the prevalence of...

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From the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science.

Highlights

• Psychological flexibility (PF) & self-compassion (SC) predict pain outcomes.

• In people with chronic pain (n=420) PF and SC variables were significantly correlated.

• SC predicted depression, pain interference and work and...

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This poster was presented at the 2020 annual meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Introduction: Many patients referred by pain physicians to pain psychology do not proceed to establish care with pain psychology. This study investigated factors that may influence whether chronic pain...

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Background

Endometriosis can have a negative influence on women’s sexual life. The aim of the current study was to test a conceptual model considering the interrelated role of anxiety, depression, sleep quality, physical activity, BMI, stage of endometriosis, the intensity of dyspareunia and...

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Newswise — The historical practice of mindfulness is a burgeoning integrated medicine field associated with benefits for people with issues ranging from insomnia to chronic pain and fueled by more than $550 million in federal funding over the past 20 years.

Yet the evidence for impact on health...

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The opioid epidemic has caused many patients, clinicians, and payers to seek nonpharmacologic options to assist with managing pain. Psychology has a well-established role in the treatment of pain conditions but familiarity with the range of pain related interventions varies widely among clinicians...

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When tapering opioid therapy, frontline practitioners may at times be faced with chronic pain patients suffering from undiagnosed mental health disorders. In most cultures, the majority of mental health cases go unrecognized in primary care settings. About 60% of previously undetected cases could...

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