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Treating Chronic Pain Using Approaches Adapted for Patients with Limited Reading Skills

Chronic pain is a significant public health problem that affects more than 116 million Americans; costs $600 billion annually; and is unequally borne by people in low-income brackets, especially ethnic minorities. Many individuals also have health literacy deficits (difficulty understanding their illness and difficulty navigating the healthcare system for treatment), putting them at a greater disadvantage in the healthcare system. Treatment usually relies on expensive medical interventions with negative side effects.

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IBI Benchmarking Analytics: Disability Leaves for Five Common Types of Cancer | Integrated Benefits Institute
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Comparing Three Methods to Help Patients Manage Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is a complicated disease that can cause heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, and eye problems. Patients with diabetes need to monitor their blood sugar, follow a diabetic diet, exercise regularly, take multiple medications, and get regular checkups of their blood pressure, cholesterol, eyes, and feet. To assist with organizing these tasks, a community health worker, attached to a patient’s clinic, can help patients understand the care of their diabetes and keep patients in contact with their doctors.

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Health and Productivity Impact of Chronic Conditions: Depression and Other Mood Disorders | Integrated Benefits Institute

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Diabetes Archives | Integrated Benefits Institute

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Fighting Depression with the Power of Community

Inner-city minority groups have reduced access to traditional treatment services for depression; a partnership in Los Angeles expands on existing community resources to improve access to evidence-based services in a community-wide strategy.

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Long-Term Outcomes of Community Engagement to Address Depression Outcomes Disparities

This study extends an existing study in Los Angeles that is partnered between academic and community and client stakeholders. The study has the long-term goal of learning collaboratively how to eliminate disparities in outcomes for persons with depression by improving information and services in inner-city communities of color, using two Los Angeles communities as examples.

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Engaging Communities to Improve Depression Treatment

A coalition-based approach to care, bringing together clinicians and community members, helped people from low-income minority groups.

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Managing Long-Term Low Back Pain to Improve Health and Reduce Reliance on Opioid Medicines: Comparing Mindfulness Meditation and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

PCORI has identified opioid use for chronic pain as an important research topic. Patients, clinicians, and others want to learn: How can patients lower their use of opioid medications while managing chronic pain, or eliminate use of these drugs altogether? To help answer this question, PCORI launched a funding initiative in 2016 on Clinical Strategies for Managing and Reducing Long Term Opioid Use for Chronic Pain. This research project is one of the studies PCORI awarded as part of this program. This research project is in progress.

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Evaluation of a Health Plan Initiative to Mitigate Chronic Opioid Therapy Risks

Background: Opioid analgesics such as Vicodin and Oxycontin are now widely prescribed to manage moderate to severe chronic pain, but the effectiveness and safety of long-term opioid use are unclear. Of the 60 million US adults with moderate to severe chronic pain, 5 to 8 million currently use opioids long-term. Increased opioid prescribing has led to an alarming rise in prescription opioid abuse and overdose among chronic pain patients and in the community-at-large. Patients considering long-term opioid use need reliable information on risks.