Navigation Links
Methadone and systematic follow-up: the best solution for managing chronic pain
Date:9/12/2007

Montreal, September 12, 2007 Approximately 30% of Canadians suffer daily from chronic pain. Patients may be affected differently depending on the intensity, but all chronic pain is debilitating and difficult to treat. A study carried out by Louise Lamb, a clinician nurse at the Pain Centre of the Montreal University Health Centre (MUHC), and Dr. Yoram Shir, the Director of the Centre, shows that methadone in combination with innovative and high-quality case management can provide relief for many patients. The study results are published in the September issue of Pain Management Nursing.

Methadone is most often associated with drug addiction treatment, yet this opioid is regularly used in hospital settings to relieve acute pain from cancer or arthritis or following an accident.

Because the body metabolizes methadone slowly, intense monitoring is required to avoid toxicity. As an ambulatory centre, we needed a way to monitor patients effectively after they go home with their prescriptions, explained Ms. Lamb. The centre implemented an innovative program and then measured its precise impact by following 75 patients over 9 months. Patients, with their family members, began with an education session. They received medication information and treatment guidelines, as well as a diary so they could note any related changes of the pain intensity, and its associated impact on mood and activities. The pain diary is a very important tool as it allows us to track symptoms. Also, paying attention to bodily changes helps patients become more aware of their physical state, stated Ms. Lamb.

Regular telephone communication was initiated after the first session to allow nurses, in consultation with a doctor when required, to adjust treatment as required. Out of the 194 phone calls recorded during the study, 44% led to a dosage increase while 11% led to a decrease or cessation. After 9 months, 57% of patients said they were satisfied or very satisfied with the follow-up. This case management program has a lot of potential, as it does not create additional work for nurses and allows them to follow patients easily and closely without the patient having to travel, observed Dr. Shir. This is why the program is now in general use at our centre for all patients on methadone."


'/>"/>

Contact: Isabelle Kling
isabelle.kling@muhc.mcgill.ca
514-934-1934
McGill University Health Centre
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Government Should Provide Incentives For Methadone Program
2. Cost-Benefit Economics of Methadone for prisoners
3. Aboriginal People Less Likely to Use Methadone Therapy
4. TIZANIDINE - New solution to chronic headache
5. A Solution To Quit Smoking Without Gaining Weight
6. Radiation Therapy An Effective Solution For Recurrent Prostate Cancer
7. A Solution For Patients Suffering From Shingles
8. How Effective Is Your Hand Wash Solution ?
9. Exercise The Ideal Solution For Postmenopausal Women
10. Solutions Being Sought For Prevention Of Rickets
11. Is Surgery The Only Solution To Backache?
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/25/2017)... ... April 25, 2017 , ... A recent ... test score performance for the 2015-16 school year across Wisconsin’s public schools, charter ... it highlights important patterns in student test score performance, the report’s limited analyses ...
(Date:4/25/2017)... Greifensee, Switzerland (PRWEB) , ... April 25, 2017 ... ... product innovation targets, they rely on contracted partners to help with process innovation ... years of combined drug formulation experience along with state-of-the-art analytical equipment in support ...
(Date:4/25/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... April 25, 2017 , ... Saad B. Chaudhary, MD is committed to ... of acute or chronic problems, I focus on preventative care with all my patients to ... have any questions, always feel free to contact my office and my trained staff will ...
(Date:4/25/2017)... ... , ... Vetoquinol USA® , a world-class developer of ... the EQUISTRO line, at this week’s Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in Lexington. Flexadin ... , The scientifically-developed Flexadin UCII supports the body’s normal repair of cartilage and ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... Michael Vick announced his retirement earlier ... position. The former overall number one pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, to the ... the record for the most career rushing yards by a quarterback (6,109) and the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/24/2017)... April 24, 2017 SW Safety Solutions, Inc., ... comfort, announces the release of the latest advancement in ... recent example of leading edge nitrile glove technology features ... 200% more tactile grip on wet and oily surfaces ... With TracTek and a suite of other advanced SW ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... , April 20, 2017  Cogentix Medical, Inc. ... on providing the Urology, Uro/Gyn and Gynecology markets ... Ash Keswani has joined the Company as Senior ... newly created position, Mr. Keswani will report directly ... "Our organization is delighted that Ash ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... , April 20, 2017 ... "Global Biosimilar Pipeline and Market Prospects: Addressing Production ... report to their offering. ... "Global Biosimilar Pipeline and Market Prospects: ... Design" provides an in-depth assessment of the current trends ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: