Pain

Nov 10, 2017

Drug overdose is now the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 50.1 This crisis has been building since the late 1990s, in part the result of rampant prescribing of opioid analgesics.2 In 2016, the United States (U.S.) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a seminal guideline for primary care clinicians regarding opioid prescribing.3 These guidelines are now being implemented by clinicians, insurers, and healthcare institu

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Aug 11, 2017

Cabbage leaf wraps (CLWs) … the newest health craze trending on social media? A culinary masterpiece? Or an effective complementary treatment for osteoarthritis (OA) relief? A recently published study attempted to answer the latter question. Management of OA requires a multifaceted approach, including lifestyle changes, pharmacologic treatments, nonpharmacologic therapies, and occasionally surgery, depending on the severity of the patient’s pain and disability.

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Nov 7, 2016

From 2000–2010, opioid overdose was the fastest growing cause of death in the United States.1 In 2014, opioids were implicated in 61% of all drug overdose deaths, killing 28,647 Americans.2 Forty states have passed legislation recognizing pharmacists as front-line providers for overdose prevention by allowing standing orders for naloxone.3 Unfortunately, many pharmacists are not well prepared to fully participate in opioid harm reduction efforts due to a lack

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Oct 8, 2014

Telecare — providing care to patients using a variety of communication technologies — has been touted as a win-win strategy for providers and patients that improves clinical outcomes at a lower cost. Systematic reviews have documented the benefits of telecare in several populations including patients with pulmonary disease, diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension.1-4  Like other chronic illnesses, chronic musculoskeletal pain is common, difficult to manage, and costly.

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