Between 60 and 70 percent of patients who undergo a thoracotomy, or a surgical incision into the chest wall, experience some sort of long-term, post-surgical pain. So that patient population was a natural fit for a study focused on pain management, led by the University of Pennsylvania and taking place at Peking Union Medical College Hospital and Peking University People’s Hospital in China.
In a recent letter to the editor of JAMA Oncology, Dr. Salimah H. Meghani addresses the need for health insurance-covered treatments other than opioids for cancer survivors with chronic pain. Read more
In a JAMA Oncologyarticle, researchers from Penn Nursing and Penn Medicine are calling for key governmental agencies, medical associations, and oncology societies to collaborate on developing more consistent clinical opioid prescribing guidelines for patients with chronic cancer-related pain.
Researchers – including a team from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania – have identified gaps in pain-related education for health care providers that leave out important aspects of safe and effective pain management competencies, including those specific to opioid safety. These findings may help explain one reason for the current public health crisis of inappropriate pain management and prescription drug abuse.