Non-pharmacological Approach to the Perioperative Management of Pain

A special issue of Journal of Clinical Medicine (ISSN 2077-0383). This special issue belongs to the section "Anesthesiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024 | Viewed by 125

Special Issue Editors

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Guest Editor
UPMC, Department of Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology & Orthopedic Surgery, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Interests: anesthesia; complementary medicine; acute pain; pain; regional anesthesia; clinical trial

Guest Editor Assistant
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, USA
Interests: randomized controlled trial; placebo; analgesic; visual analogue scale; electroacupuncture

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Guest Editor Assistant
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, USA
Interests: regional anesthesiology; acute pain management

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Guest Editor Assistant
Regional Anesthesiologist at Washington DC Veterans Medical Center, 50 Irving St NW, Washington, DC 20422, USA
Interests: general anesthesiology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the sphere of perioperative care, managing pain without relying solely on medications has become an increasingly crucial aspect of patient well-being. This Special Issue delves into innovative non-pharmacological strategies aimed at enhancing pain management throughout the surgical process.

Music therapy: investigating the impact of music on preoperative anxiety and postoperative pain, examining its role in creating a calming and supportive environment for patients undergoing surgery.

Web-based mood disorder management: exploring digital platforms designed to assist patients in regulating mood disorders before and after surgery, assessing their effectiveness in improving overall mental health outcomes during the perioperative period.

Diversity access initiatives: highlighting initiatives focused on ensuring equitable access to pain management resources for diverse patient populations, addressing disparities in care delivery and accessibility.

Nanotechnology innovations: examining cutting-edge nanotechnology applications in pain management, particularly targeted drug delivery systems, and their potential for precise pain relief with minimal side effects.

Alternative therapies: investigating the effectiveness of auriculotherapy, acupuncture, and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) as complementary approaches to alleviate perioperative pain and discomfort.

This Special Issue aims to comprehensively explore these non-pharmacological approaches, shedding light on their mechanisms, evidence-based outcomes, and integration into perioperative care. By emphasizing these non-drug modalities, this issue advocates for a more holistic and patient-centred approach to pain management in surgical settings.

Prof. Dr. Jacques E. Chelly
Guest Editor

Dr. David Alimi
Dr. Shiv K. Goel
Dr. Hanna T. Schittek
Guest Editor Assistants

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  • music therapy
  • web approach to managing mood disorders
  • diversity access
  • nanotechnology
  • auriculotherapy
  • acupuncture
  • transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS)

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