Month: April 2016

Use of mindfulness-based stress reduction for chronic low back pain

Among adults with chronic low back pain, both mindfulness-based stress reduction and cognitive behavioral therapy resulted in greater improvement in back pain and functional limitations when compared with usual care, according to a study appearing in the March 22/29 issue of JAMA.

Low back pain is a leading cause of disability in the United States. There is need for treatments with demonstrated effectiveness that are low risk and have potential for widespread availability. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) focuses on increasing awareness and acceptance of moment-to-moment experiences including physical discomfort and difficult emotions. Only 1 large randomized clinical trial has evaluated MBSR for chronic low back pain, and that trial was limited to older adults. Continue reading “Use of mindfulness-based stress reduction for chronic low back pain”

Future of young people in hands of eHealth, says health leader

The chief executive of UK health and social care provider, Turning Point, ended his keynote address at UK e-Health Week this week with a warning to eHealth “not to fail the next generation” by failing to reach “those that need it the most”.

Lord Victor Adebowale, whose organisation represents 100,000 people across 230 locations in England and Wales, said that, to date, those people who needed health and social care the most “tended to get it the least”. And technology, he said, held a key.

Engagement, connectivity, relationships…

“Technology is about engagement, connectivity and relationships,” said Adebowale. “The main point of eHealth is that it should be an important tool for these three aspects, not a substitute for it. Technology that removes relationships is of no use in healthcare.”

“Computer says ‘no’ doesn’t cut it! What we should be doing is enabling people to use the technology more creatively, which NHS England are trying to enable.”

The challenge for eHealth Continue reading “Future of young people in hands of eHealth, says health leader”