Pain Awareness Month: Dr. Patricia Grady on Pain Management Research and Patient Care

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Dr. Grady speaking: 

So,the ultimate goal of the research that we do is to create new knowledge that will improve patient care.

So, that it's important that the information is generated from studies is taken and incorporated into improving patient care, into the clinic settings and into hospital settings and one of the unique characteristics because of the science that we do is that the interface and biological behavior on clinical in it are enables us to do research that goes from the bench to the bedside also from the clinic to the home.

So, our intramural program is very interesting, it’s innovative and is focused on symptom science exclusively and one at the symptom areas that our investigators are studying is pain.

So, they're using the latest genomic biological measurement techniques to study mechanisms of pain.

In order to determine what causes pain, what is the effect on the patient and what might be some possible interventions that could be developed.

Because we are the leader at NIH for end-of-life, there is a misconception that people most frequently die in pain at end-of-life and and the kinds of studies that we’re doing and the approaches in the interventions that are being developed as a result of that are aimed to ensure that people are relatively comfortable during serious illnesses so that's something that much of the research is directed toward.

Some of the valuable information that we found out of our end-of-life research that is very relevant for pain research, is the fact that in the area pain and the serious chronic illnesses that we've been studying relative to end-of-life, that there is a great deal of disagreement between what the patient says their experiencing and what the family members may report about the pain and also what the staff may say about the pain.

So,that it reinforces the area of communication being extremely important, that communication should be affected and should be more frequent, and that the opportunities between the team members, the health care team members, the family members and the patients are not being capitalized on.

The research that we're doing is identify new ways to do that.