The EIM pain science team has published a paper in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health with their findings for a middle school trial where they followed students for the rest of the school year.
Here are some key takeaways:
The PNE Boost group, relative to usual care, used 30% less pain meds the rest of the year
Kids with pain at the initial start who got PNE Boost missed significantly fewer days of school and sport participation
The findings of this trial may indicate a dedicated PNE curriculum for kids in school with pain
This is another example of this team’s research on ways to impact opioid use through upstream efforts that produce downstream effects.
Louw, A.; Landrus, R.; Podolak, J.; Benz, P.; DeLorenzo, J.; Davis, C.; Rogers, A.; Cooper, K.; Louw, C.; Zimney, K.; Puentedura, E.J.; Landers, M.R. Behavior Change Following Pain Neuroscience Education in Middle Schools: A Public Health Trial. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 4505.