The EIM pain science team has another paper published this month, this one in Psychological Disorders and Research. Their study examined the effects of a two-hour pain neuroscience education (PNE) lecture on the treatment choices of 29 physician assistant students.
Here are some key takeaways:
- After PNE, there was a significant shift of decreasing the choice of medical interventions/pharmaceutical use and increasing alternative pain strategy interventions.
- Non-pharmaceutical treatments shifted towards cognitive and active movement approaches (mindfulness, relaxation, physical therapy, psychology and cognitive behavioral medicine), away from passive treatments (massage therapy and chiropractic).
- After PNE, PA students were less likely to recommend an orthopedic surgeon to treat chronic pain (p = 0.015).
- Conclusion: A PNE lecture to PA students is able to decrease pharmaceuticals as first choice in treatment of chronic pain and towards more active, non-pharmaceutical cognitive targeted treatments.