Journal Club Meeting November 25th, 2014

Location: Dental Sciences Building, Room D7-11


The next meeting of the Pain Journal Club will be Tuesday November 25th.

The focus of the discussion will be on the roles of non-specific treatment effects, in particular patient expectations for pain relief and the therapeutic alliance, both of which have been shown to affect clinical and pain-specific outcomes in people with musculoskeletal pain as well as in healthy participants. The therapeutic alliance between healthcare providers and patients exists in theory but with the exception of perhaps psychologists, is often not a primary focus of treatment regimens or interventions, despite its potential relationship with placebo effects and shaping expectations for pain relief. The relationship between provider and patient is not something that is typically discussed as a determinant of patient outcome or as having a role in placebo effects. This topic has received attention in recent years and is believed to have a significant role in the success of therapeutic interventions. This is an interesting topic that should generate a good discussion that will be led by Dr. Meryl Alappattu.

I want to remind everyone that pain journal club is a great educational opportunity that provides something for all who attend. I encourage all students and trainees to attend and present papers in their area of interest. I can guarantee you based on our past history that no matter what the topic there will always be an interesting discussion……so join us for what promises to have a little something for everyone.

Hope to see you next week!!

Please circulate to those you think might be interested in this topic!!

Fuentes_Therapeutic Alliance and Pain_ 2014
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