Tufts Pain Research, Education and Policy Alumna Contributing Author to Pain Medicine

Pain MedicineLynn Teo, ’12 MS-PREP,  is a contributing author to a recent special issue of the peer-reviewed journal, Pain Medicine, “Are Active Self-Care Complementary and Integrative Therapies Effective for Management of Chronic Pain?: A Rapid Evidence Assessment of the Literature and Recommendations for the Field“.

In 2010, the Army Surgeon General’s Pain Management Task Force and the Institute of Medicine recommended active self-care complementary and integrative therapies that require minimal training for the management of chronic pain. This systematic review put out by the Samueli Institute sought to rigorously assess the quality and effectiveness of these self-care strategies.  Yoga, tai chi and music therapies yielded the most compelling studies in the treatment of chronic pain, with music therapy showing the best results.  The report also sought to identify gaps in the literature, and to make recommendations for further research as well as steps for implementing programs to increase the practice of these complementary and integrative therapies.

Lynn Teo, MAOM, MSc, graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture in 2011 and from the Tufts University School of Medicine’s  Pain Research, Education and Policy Program in 2012.  She is a review manager for the Systematic Review Initiative at the Samueli Institute, a non-profit research organization committed to exploring the science of healing, including complementary modalities such as acupuncture, meditation and yoga. Alongside her work as a researcher, Lynn is owner of Three Rivers Wellness in Bethesda, MD where she teaches yoga and practices Japanese-style acupuncture, Chinese herbs and shiatsu. She enjoys bringing her clinical expertise to her research work and applying the knowledge she acquires as a researcher to her practice.

References

Office of the Army Surgeon General.  Pain Management Task Force Final Report: Providing a standardized DoD and VHA vision and approach to pain management to optimize the care for warriors and their families. Falls Church, VA: 2010

Lee C, Crawford C, Teo L, Spevak S. Active Self-Care Therapies for Pain (PACT) Working Group. An analysis of the various chronic pain conditions captured in a systematic review of active self-care complementary and integrative medicine therapies for the management of chronic pain symptoms. Pain Med 2014;15

(Suppl 1):96-103.

 

Add comment July 2nd, 2014

NEW COURSE for Summer 2014: Interprofessional Team Management of Pain

New Tufts PREP Course Offering for Summer 2014

interprofessional pain management

Interprofessional Team Management of Pain (PREP 244; 0.5 credit)

Health care is increasingly delivered by groups of providers with diverse professional training, roles and identities. Lack of coordination and communication between health professionals may lead to adverse patient outcomes and lower patient satisfaction, risk management challenges, and provider dissatisfaction and burnout.  This course provides tools to construct effective interprofessional (“IP”) teams to treat pain within models of care such as the medical home, to assess how well these teams are functioning, and to analyze and repair their dysfunction.  Attendees will acquire knowledge and skills for achieving outcomes crucial to patient-centered care, focusing on pain and its treatment.

Led by seasoned IP clinician educators from occupational therapy and medicine, joined by fellow educators from the nursing and pharmacy professions, this innovative course will present methods to analyze and optimize team function.  Attendees will examine how teams function as small groups, and identify how to shape cohesive functional groups.  Participants will also develop skills to turn typical threats to team function from destructive forces to constructive and/or creative elements.

Pain is the most common reason for patients to seek medical care. By the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to analyze, optimize, and if circumstances require create de novo the team-based processes and policies that shape effective and efficient care of patients with pain.  Applying these principles to optimize IP team management of pain will impact upon patient satisfaction, quality measures and potentially, and quality-based payment.  In keeping with the PREP’s approach of training the trainers, attendees will be equipped to assume leadership roles in the assessment and treatment of pain within multiple organizational models including the medical home.

Dates & Location

·         The 2014 course will take place from Thursday May 29 through July 2.

·         Onsite class sessions will take place on Thursday evening, May 29 from 4-7 PM and Friday May 30 from 9AM- 5PM.  [Dinner Thursday and lunch Friday plus snacks are included.]

·         Online synchronous videoconferencing for case discussions and team problem-solving continue at 5:30-7:30 PM Wednesdays on June 11, June 18, June 25 and July 2.

Enrolling

To learn more about our Summer 2014 courses visit: publichealth.tufts.edu/Academics/MS-Pain-Research-Education-and-Policy/Programs-of-Study/Blended-Learning. To register for non-credit enrollment click “Register now for a course” at the end of the first paragraph on that web page. Non-credit enrollment is meant for those who want the experience of this course without receiving a grade, nor submitting homework or other assignments. Course cost for non-credit enrollees is $1,130 ($905 if paid before April 29, 2014).

Current Tufts graduate students may enroll in the course through the Integrated Student Information System (iSIS) and will be responsible for pre-course readings and 2 papers.  The standard fee per graduate credit will apply.  Prospective applicants wishing to earn credit graduate credit towards a future Tufts degree should follow this link: publichealth.tufts.edu/Admissions/Apply-to-PHPD-Programs/MS-in-Pain-Research-Education-and-Policy 

Contact the co-course director, Dan Carr at daniel.carr@tufts.edu with any questions.

 

Add comment April 15th, 2014

Interprofessional Humanistic Approach to Relieving Pain in America

by Pamela Katz Ressler, MS, RN, HN-BC, Faculty, Pain Research, Education and Policy Program (PREP), Tufts University School of Medicine

The Pain Research Education and Policy Program (PREP) invites you to attend an informative talk by Edward Bilsky, PhD on Tuesday, February 25 from 4-5 PM at the Tufts Dental School, 14th floor, 1 Kneeland St, Boston (room 1414, Rachel’s Amphitheater). Dr. Bilsky is the 2014 Recipient of the Patient Advocacy Award from the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and his talk: “Lighting the Song with Sense and Color: an Interprofessional Humanistic Approach to Relieving Pain in America” will provide a springboard to discussion of interdisciplinary pain care. Dr. Bilsky is the Vice President for Research and Scholarship, and a Professor of pharmacology at the University of New England. Additionally, his is the founder and co-director of the Center for Excellence in Neurosciences.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Bilsky to the Tufts University Health Sciences campus — all are welcome to attend this free event.

Tufts University School of Medicine

 

Public Health & Professional Degree Programs

Pain Research, Education and Policy Program (PREP) presents:

 

“Lighting the Song with Sense and Color: an Interprofessional Humanistic Approach to Relieving Pain in America”

Edward Bilsky

Edward Bilsky, PhD

VP for Research & Scholarship, University of New England; Professor, Pharmacology; Founder & Co-Director, Center for Excellence in Neurosciences; 2014 Recipient of Patient Advocacy Award, American Academy of Pain Medicine

 

When: 4-5 PM, Tuesday, February 25, 2014

 

Where: Tufts Dental School, 14th Floor

1 Kneeland Street, Boston (corner of Washington St)

Rachel’s Amphitheater (Room 1414)

 

Add comment February 14th, 2014

PREP Alumnus Co-Director of Integrative Health for Pain Relief Conference

makena maui hawaiiby Pamela Katz Ressler, MS, RN, HN-BC, faculty, Pain Research Education and Policy Program (PREP), Tufts University School of Medicine

PREP graduates go on to become leaders in the field of pain management, as evidenced by PREP/NESA alumnus, Ian Koebner, in his role as co-director of the Integrative Health for Pain Relief Conference to be held from April 3-6, 2014 in Maui, Hawaii.

The Integrative Health and Pain Relief Conference is being sponsored by University of California-Davis Division of Pain Medicine and Integrative Medicine Program and will provide an opportunity for a diverse group of professionals to come together in both didactic and experiential inquiry to explore the best practices in integrative pain management. Ian states, “The conference is very aligned with the Tufts Pain Research, Education and Policy program’s focus on exploration of pain from the molecule to macro.”  Leading academic and clinical experts in multiple disciplines relating to the integrative management of pain have been selected to present at the conference. The overall objective of the conference will be to provide current, scientific evidence on complementary and alternative medicine approaches used in relieving pain and suffering such as acupuncture, mindfulness based stress reduction, yoga, and nutritional interventions, with the ultimate goal of translating these approaches into improved patient outcomes. The conference planning committee hopes that the interactive nature of the conference will attract a wide variety of professionals, including physicians, nurses, acupuncturists, massage therapists and other allied health care professionals interested in integrative models of pain management. For more information on registration for the Integrative Health for Pain Relief Conference,click here

 

 

Add comment December 30th, 2013

2013 Revison of the Declaration of Helsinki

by Pamela Katz  Ressler, MS, RN, HN-BC, faculty, Pain Research, Education and Policy Program (PREP), Tufts University School of Medicine

physican and patient talkingIn 1964, the Declaration of Helsinki ushered in a new paradigm of thinking about medical ethics and research worldwide. Since that time there have been seven revisions of the original Declaration of Helsinki, the most recent one being released this week by the World Medical Association. In the past 50 years healthcare has undergone a myriad of changes, including additional checks and balances for patient protection, such as informed consent and hospital ethics committees: the Declaration of Helsinki has been instrumental in helping to increase awareness of the importance of ethic principles in relation to patients and human research participants. As a living document, there will undoubtedly be continued revisions of the Declaration of Helsinki in years to come. It is important to realize that as far as we have come in the past 50 years, building awareness of ethics in patient care and human subject research, there is still much work to be done locally, nationally and globally.

Click here to read the newly released 2013 Declaration of Helsinki. Are there additional areas that you would amend or revise ?

Add comment October 20th, 2013

Building a Better Aspirin: The Frontiers of Pain Medicine Development

By Pamela Katz Ressler, MS, RN, HN-BC, Pain Research, Education and Policy Program, Tufts University School of Medicine

As the burden of pain continues to weigh heavily on our public health and health care system, developmenprep 2013 sackler schmidtt of innovative ways of safe and effective pain management methods is imperative. The Pain Research, Education and Policy Program (PREP) is honored to have William Schmidt, PhD present the 2013 Sackler Lecture, entitled Building a Better Aspirin: The Frontiers of Pain Medicine Development on Tuesday, September 24 from 4-5 PM at the Tufts University Medical Campus, 145 Harrison Ave (Sackler Building) room 114. Dr. Schmidt is the past president of the Eastern Pain Association and an internationally-recognized expert on pain research and therapeutics.  Of particular interest to Dr. Schmidt is the evolution of safer, more effective pharmaceuticals for the treatment of persistent or chronic pain. The Pain Research Forum interviewed Dr. Schmidt recently on his vision of the future of pain medicine development (click here for a link to the interview).

We hope you will be able to join us on Tuesday, September 24 for Dr. Schmidt’s lecture followed by audience discussion with Dr. Schmidt and members of the PREP program.

 

Add comment September 12th, 2013

A Nation in Pain: Healing Our Biggest Health Problem

by Anna Schlissel, Pain Research Education and Policy Program (PREP), Tufts University School of Medicine

The Pain Research, Education and Policy Program (PREP) is honored to present Judy Foreman, nationally syndicated Health Columnist and Author, on Thursday, March 14, 4:00-5:30 PM in the Merritt Auditorium at Tufts Dental School. Ms. Foreman is a nationally syndicated medical journalist with 37 years of experience. She has covered a variety of health issues including fitness, aging, cancer, heart disease, pain, nutrition, numerous specific diseases and basic biological science.

The Pain Research, Education, and Policy Program invites students, alumni, health care professionals, clinical staff and faculty,  health communicators, public health advocates, and others to join us for Ms. Foreman’s informative and engaging lecture,  immediately followed by a panel discussion.

For more information about the event, please click here

Add comment March 6th, 2013

2013 Sackler Lecture: Dr. Scott Fishman

by Pamela Katz Ressler, MS, RN, HN-BC, adjunct faculty, Pain Research, Education and Policy (PREP), Tufts University School of Medicine

The Pain Research, Education and Policy Program (PREP) is honored to present the Annual Sackler Lecture with guest speaker, Scott M. Fishman, MD, chief, Division of Pain Medicine and Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine (School of Medicine, University of California-Davis), on Thursday, January 31, 4:00-5:00 PM in the Wolff Auditorium at Tufts Medical Center (800 Washington St, Boston).

Dr. Fishman, a world-renowned authority on pain management, will lecture on the subject of interprofessional and competency-based education for clinicians managing pain. Chronic, or persistent pain, is not only a personal health issue, but a public health and economic challenge for our country.  It is estimated that chronic pain costs the United States economy over $635 billion annually due to medical care and lost productivity. Yet, we are not adequately addressing this societal burden.  As pain management has evolved over the past decades, it has become apparent that a multi-modal and interprofessional approach to pain is necessary.  However, interprofessional pain management is often underutilized for many factors, one being a paucity of interdisciplinary educational opportunities for clinicians. Training our health care professionals to manage pain in an interprofessional model will allow for our health care system to effectively care for the increasing numbers of individuals suffering from chronic or persistent pain. The need for increased interprofessional training in pain management was recently highlighted in the Institute of Medicine’s 2011 report:  Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research. In addition to his clinical work at UC-Davis, Dr. Fishman serves as a co-principal investigator of the Interprofessional Pain Management Competencies Working Group of the Mayday Fund.

The Pain Research Education and Policy Program invites students, alumni, health care professionals, clinical staff and faculty,  health communicators, public health advocates, and others to join us for Dr. Fishman’s informative and engaging lecture, immediately followed by an interprofessional panel discussion.

For more information about the event, click here

Add comment January 21st, 2013

There’s an App for That!

by Pamela Katz Ressler, MS, RN, HN-BC, adjunct faculty, Pain Research, Education and Policy program,Tufts University School of Medicine

Congratulations to Pain Research, Education and Policy Program (PREP) student, Amy Vaz for an Amy Vaz Capstone Presentationinnovative and informative capstone project and presentation, Chronic Pain: The Good Day Diary.

As a nurse and through her studies within the PREP program, Amy saw an unmet need for those living with chronic pain. For her capstone, Amy envisioned a Smartphone application that would enable individuals with chronic pain to chronicle and track their “good” days. Amy explained that there are currently a number of products on the market that track pain and negative symptoms for chronic pain patients, but none that focus on good days or days with less pain. Amy plans to take her capstone project to the next level, by pursuing market research and product development.

Stay tuned for more from Amy Vaz.

 

Add comment January 15th, 2013

Communicating the Experience of Chronic Pain and Illness through Blogging

When one thinks of chronic or persistent pain one often thinks in terms of the biologic pathways of pain perception.  However, an important component of pain involves of the psychosocial aspects of coping with a chronic illness.  Disciplines across the health professions, including medicine, nursing, psychology, social work, and sociology, are actively engaged  in understanding the psychosocial and emotional consequences of chronic pain and illness: Yet few studies have addressed the  use of web-based tools, such as blogs, in the patient experience of living with chronic pain or illness.

Four Tufts University School of Medicine faculty members, Pamela Katz Ressler (Pain Research, Education and Policy Program), Libby Bradshaw (Pain Research, Education and Policy Program), Lisa Gualtieri (Health Communications Program), and Kenneth Chui (Public Health and Community Medicine) from the Tufts University School of Medicine in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine recently published the results from a  formative research study,  Communicating the Experience of Chronic Pain and Illness through Blogging, in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

The goal of this research was to explore the use of patient illness blogs as a means of communicating the experience of chronic pain  and illness and to articulate the unique set of benefits and barriers of blogging.  Qualitative data from 230 current illness bloggers were collected and analyzed to better understand the self-perceived psychosocial and health effects associated with the blogging activity. Results suggest that blogging about chronic pain and illness may decrease a sense of isolation through the establishment of online connections with others and increases a sense of purpose to help others in similar situations. While the authors’ acknowledge the study limitations, they are hopeful that further research will be conducted to explore the observed associations between communicating the experience of chronic pain through blogging and patients’ coping and self-efficacy when living with chronic pain or illness.

To read the full paper, Ressler, PK; Bradshaw, YS; Gualtieri, L ; Chui, KKH: Communicating the Experience of Chronic Pain and Illness through Blogging,  in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, please click here.

 

1 comment December 11th, 2012

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