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

[Music] [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. [Music]

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