A novel integrative healing services approach for neurosurgery inpatients: Preliminary experiences and cost calculations

This study characterizes and evaluates how Integrative Healing Services (IHS) affects patient pain levels and length of stay. We also performed a literature review to examine national trends in inpatient integrative healing.MethodsAn IHS team (e.g. acupuncture, healing touch, music therapy, pet therapy, and counseling) was incorporated into the treatment regimen of neurosurgery inpatients (with>4 days of stay) with chronic or intractable pain, stress or depression, and/or patients intolerant to or who failed physical or occupational therapy.Results34 charts were retrospectively reviewed, with 17 patients receiving IHS (11 cranial and 6 spine cases), and 17 age and gender matched controls receiving routine care (11 cranial and 6 spine patients). Overall, 71% (12/17) of patients had a reduction in pain medication consumption, with 55% (6/11) of cranial and 100% (6/6) of spine patients reporting a reduction compared to baseline. The average pre-treatment pain-scale score was 5.5 out of 10 across all patients, while the average post-treatment pain-scale score was 3 out of 10 (p 
Source: Interdisciplinary Neurosurgery - Category: Neurosurgery Source Type: research

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Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Chronic Pain Communication Health-related Publishers Relationships YourTango Chronic Disease chronic health condition Chronic Illness Source Type: blogs
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Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Chronic Pain Health-related Mental Health and Wellness Mindfulness Psychology Research Treatment Source Type: blogs
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Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Health Source Type: blogs
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Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Health Source Type: blogs
ConclusionLes programmes multidisciplinaires axés sur un modèle biopsychosocial semblent indiquer pour traiter les divers aspects de la douleur chronique et ses répercussions sur la sexualité.SummaryIntroductionChronic low back pain has physical, psychological and social repercussions that can interfere with sexuality.ObjectivePresent a literature review on chronic low back pain and its physical, psychological and social repercussions on sexuality, as well as biopsychosocial intervention programs for sexual dysfunctions in the context of chronic pain.MethodsLiterature review on PubMed, PsycINFO ...
Source: Sexologies - Category: Sexual Medicine Source Type: research
OBJECTIVES: To explore the feasibility and efficacy of web-based mindfulness training for carers of people with spinal cord injury (SCI) DESIGN: Randomized controlled feasibility study with three-month follow-up. SETTING: Community setting. PARTICIPANTS: S...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news
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Source: PMandR - Category: Rehabilitation Source Type: research
Conclusion. TENS and IFC therapies are effective in the treatment of CNP patients. However, they have no additional benefit or superiority over NSE. Level of Evidence: 2
Source: Spine - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Randomized Trial Source Type: research
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Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Clinical Trial/Experimental Study Source Type: research
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Source: Acta Orthopaedica - Category: Orthopaedics Authors: Tags: Acta Chir Orthop Traumatol Cech Source Type: research
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