PainRelief.com Interview with: Dana Orange MD Associate Professor of Clinical Investigation The Rockefeller Institute and William H. Robinson, MD PhD James W. Raitt, M.D., Professor Medicine Immunology & Rheumatology Stanford Health Care
PainRelief.com: What is the background for this study?
Response: Periodontitis is more common in patients with rheumatoid arthritis than those without.
Of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, those with current periodontitis are less likely to receive benefit from treatment with biologic agents than those without periodontitis.
PainRelief.com Interview with: Beth Darnall, PhD Director, Stanford Pain Relief Innovations Lab Associate Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (by courtesy) Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute (affiliate faculty) Palo Alto, CA 94304
PainRelief.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Best pain care integrates patient education and tools to help them manage pain and reduce their symptoms1. Multi-session psychological or “behavioral” pain treatment approaches, such as 8-session cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), are effective for equipping people with pain management skills. However, our prior research showed that patient access to these treatments is often poor, in part due to the costs and time burdens (e.g., up to 16 hours of treatment time).2
Findings from our study suggest that a one-time 2-hour pain relief skills class (“Empowered Relief”) was non-inferior to 8-session CBT for reducing multiple symptoms, including pain catastrophizing, pain intensity, and pain interference at 3 months post-treatment. We also found the single-session pain class imparted substantial reductions for pain bothersome, sleep disturbance, anxiety, fatigue and depression.
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