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Development and implementation of an inpatient multidisciplinary pain management program for patients with intractable chronic musculoskeletal pain in Japan: preliminary report

Authors Takahashi N, Kasahara S, Yabuki S

Received 15 October 2017

Accepted for publication 15 November 2017

Published 15 January 2018 Volume 2018:11 Pages 201—211

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/JPR.S154171

Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Dr Katherine Hanlon


Naoto Takahashi,1,2 Satoshi Kasahara,1,2 Shoji Yabuki1,2

1Department of Pain Medicine, Fukushima Medical University School of Medicine, Fukushima, 2Pain Management Center, Hoshi General Hospital, Koriyama, Japan

Introduction: Multidisciplinary pain management is a useful method to treat chronic musculoskeletal pain. Few facilities in Japan administer a multidisciplinary pain management program, especially an inpatient program. Therefore, we implemented a multidisciplinary pain management program in our hospital based on biopsychosocial factors guided by the recommendations of the International Association for the Study of Pain. The purpose of this study is to describe our inpatient pain management program for Japanese patients, which uses the biopsychosocial method of pain self-management.
Materials and methods: Fourteen patients with intractable chronic musculoskeletal pain, who were implemented a multidisciplinary pain management program in our hospital, were studied using the evaluation of the pain and associated factors and physical function.
Results: Significant improvement in outcomes were seen in the brief pain inventory, the pain catastrophizing scale (rumination, magnification, and helplessness), the pain disability assessment scale, the hospital anxiety and depression scale (anxiety and depression), the pain self-efficacy questionnaire, the EuroQol five dimensions questionnaire, and muscle endurance and physical fitness. We found no statistically significant differences in static flexibility or walking ability.
Conclusion: We developed an inpatient chronic pain management program for Japanese patients. Our results suggest that our program improves chronic musculoskeletal pain coping mechanisms, and that the program can improve patients’ quality of life and some physical function. This inpatient pain management program is being expanded to better help intractable chronic musculoskeletal pain patients.

Keywords: chronic musculoskeletal pain, multidisciplinary pain management, biopsychosocial model, inpatient pain management program

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