Dr. Darnall's Healthgreatness article on Opioid Tapering HERE. The specter of tapering off prescription opioids may be fraught with anxiety for the people taking them. Patients often worry about how they will manage the difficulty of the taper process. Patients also often mistakenly believe they will have more pain without opioids because they may have experienced more pain when they missed a dose and had withdrawal symptoms. With the right formula and plan, tapering can go smoothly [...]
The Pittsburgh Better Times published this article on pain psychology on May 4! Read it and Learn how to harness the power of pain psychology to retrain your nervous system towards pain relief!
I was honored to be interviewed by Pain Pathways Magazine about Less Pain, Fewer Pills: Avoid the dangers of prescription opioids and gain control over chronic pain (Bull Publishing). Though Less Pain, Fewer Pills published almost 2 years ago, today it is more relevant than ever. In a climate of opioid restrictions, people with pain need alternatives. And, even if opioids are part of your medical plan, the book teaches you ways to reduce their own pain [...]
My editorial published today in the San Francisco Chronicle. Topic: the pain and opioid crises, and what we need to do differently as a nation. The IOM Report, the National Pain Strategy, and the Pain Psychology Task Force at the American Academy of Pain Medicine are cited.
The 2016 National Pain Strategy has placed self-management firmly in the spotlight as a critical pathway to better treat pain in the U.S. Kate Lorig, DrPH Cue Dr. Kate Lorig, the Godmother of Self-Management. Dr. Lorig spearheaded the development of self-management education and treatment at Stanford University 3 decades ago, beginning with the Arthritis Self-Management Program. She and colleagues studied participant outcomes for her program and demonstrated some of the best results for any behavioral or educational [...]
New rankings at Pain Medicine show that less than 2 months after its publication "Pain Psychology: A Global Needs Assessment and National Call to Action" is already in third place in the "Most-Read" rankings of the journal! These positive results underscore broad interest in the topic of pain psychology and its role in the treatment of pain, as well as interest in understanding issues regarding access and barriers to care. Therapists and psychologists in the U.S. need access to [...]
You may wonder what role psychology plays in the field of medicine, and pain medicine in particular. In fact, psychologists have much to offer. This article provides a partial list of the hows and whys.
Join myself, the American Pain Society (@AmericanPainSoc), the American Academy of Pain Management (@AAPainManage) and others at the Pain Psychology Twitter Chat hosted by the Stanford Division of Pain Medicine (@StanfordPain)! Bring your questions, your experience, and add your voice to the conversation. Come learn about the role of psychology in the experience of pain and in the treatment of pain. Follow @StanfordPain, @AmericanPainSoc, and @AAPainManage and use the hashtag #PainPsychChat to participate in the chat!
AN HISTORIC MOMENT FOR PAIN PSYCHOLOGY Pain Psychology made history this weekend at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) in Palm Springs, CA. The inaugural AAPM Pain Psychology Shared Interest Group (SIG) meeting took place with strong support from the AAPM leadership, including immediate past President Bill McCarberg, MD, and the 2016 AAPM President Dan Carr, MD. The Pain Psychology SIG is co-chaired by myself, Dr. Judith Scheman and Dr. Sean Mackey (Past [...]
In late January 2016, Pain Medicine published the article "Pain Psychology: A Global Needs Assessment and National Call to Action." The article is a report of the national needs for pain psychology services, resources, and education across 6 key stakeholder groups in the U.S.: individuals with chronic pain, psychologist/therapists, pain physicians, primary care physicians and physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and directors of psychology graduate training programs. The study was spearheaded by the American Academy of Pain Medicine's [...]