Medical Information (General)

Rather than a collection of journal articles dealing with a specific area of the CRPS picture, these resources are more in the style of being jumping-off points for your own research into certain topics. Thus, these articles use keywords like "Resources", "Network", "Services", "Clinic", "forum" and the like in their titles. Lastly, with a few excellent exceptions, articles in references like these tend to be less deep, since they have so much material to cover. BUT - they're often the place that researchers begin with, since they have so many leading references.

As always, new material is designated by a small blinking bulb (), which will disappear after one month.

There's a new, valuable addition to this page, as you can see to the left. This utility just became available from medpagetoday.com, and highlights the new results in pain management that is of interest to visitors to this site.


National Guideline Clearinghouse

The National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "The NGC mission is to provide physicians and other health professionals, health care providers, health plans, integrated delivery systems, purchasers, and others an accessible mechanism for obtaining objective, detailed information on clinical practice guidelines and to further their dissemination, implementation, and use."

These guidelines can get quite large, but I feel it's always better to have more information than what you were seeking. Here are a few selection titles, linked to the guideline on the NGC site (years refer to either publication or most recent revisal date):

General Information

AHCPR Clinical Practice Guidelines  sponsored by the NIM, a free, full-text library on health information and health care

Assessment and management of chronic pain (2011) Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement

Chronic pain (2008) American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine - Medical Specialty Society

EFNS guidelines on neurostimulation therapy for neuropathic pain (2007) European Federation of Neurological Societies - Medical Specialty Society

Pain (chronic) (2011) Work Loss Data Institute

Practice guidelines for chronic pain management (2010) An updated report by the American Society of Anesthesiologists Task Force on Chronic Pain Management and the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.

Spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain of neuropathic or ischaemic origin (2008) National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

Work-related complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS): diagnosis and treatment (2011) "Washington State Department of Labor and Industries - State/Local Government Agency [U.S.]."


More Specific Medical Information

Anesthesia History Association "Annual meetings are held in various parts of the United States, and a brief interim meeting and dinner is held annually during the ASA Annual Meeting. Annual meeting programs include plenary sessions devoted to targeted subject relative to anesthesia history or the teaching of history." It's still a cool place to go just wander around in, and not learn too much..

Anesthesia Pain Management Program the main page for Univ. of Penn.'s medical school program on anesthesiology & pain

Bandolier Evidence based healthcare resource - an incredibly huge link collection housed at Oxford Univ. in the U.K.

Bath Information and Data Services (BIDS) delivering online journals to researchers worldwide

Chronic Pain in America: Roadblocks to Relief - a Roper-Starch Survey from the American Pain Society - very detailed.

Chronic Pain Resources (from the excellent Licensed Practical Nursing Resources site.) It's not too long, but concisely summarizes the important points in each area, and is loaded with good links to outside experts. Unfortunately, despite having several links to fibromyalgia resources, there's not even a mention of CRPS/RSD. I'll email the editor. [6/15/11]

Clinical Effects of Intensive, Specific Exercise results of a huge study on the effects of exercise on chronic low back pain

Health Communication Network from Australia; includes books, teaching packages (some on-line) and conference information

HealthGate Home Page  a provider of organizational tools for hospitals and other health providers. Interesting.

IMPACC USA  Health and Back Pain Web Resources
from a team of PT's, excellent resources for chronic pain of all kinds

Interactive Patient, The from Marshall medical school, a great, totally interactive diagnostic practice tool - try it!

MassageResource.com a very complete collection of links for everything needed by the professional masseur - schools, supplies, techniques, etc.

MedBioWorld  largest medical reference site - 1000s of journals, specialty sites, etc.

Medical Breakthroughs "We are the country's largest news-gathering organization covering medical breakthroughs, family health and issues important to women. The information we provide is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician."

Medical News Today: Health great news site, updated more than daily; can choose the area on which you want to concentrate (mine is "Pain and Anesthetics"). Highly recommended! [6/17/11]

MedicineHouse.com  info site for the LA Pain Clinic; expertly pitched at nonexperts, links to several books by its Director

Mediconsult.com Inc. Dr. Michel Bazinet, Medical Director. Welcome to the virtual medical clinic.

MedWebPlus
   great index to all things medical

Mensana Clinic
   a Dx/Tx facility for chronic pain patients; also has a great link collection

MGH Neurology Web Forum, The
a huge number of discussion groups covering every conceivable aspect of neurology. Not for the faint-hearted or those with a low tolerance for boredom and witnessing incredible egotism.

National Guidelines Clearing House
an interactive site featuring access to more than 700 clinical practice guidelines

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
   the NIH institute concerned with CRPS/RSD

Neurology Service (Mass. Gen. Hosp.)  Mass. Gen. Hospital's online, free articles, web sites, etc. for any neurological malady

NIH News in Health from NIH, a set of 10 databases covering health topics like Alzheimer's, deafness, diabetes, digestive diseases, oral health, weight control, etc.

Orthopædics Home page, University of Washington Bone and Joint Sources - Public Information for patients, families, students, physicians, scientists, and therapists.

Patients' Guide to Local and Regional Anæsthesia
by an anesthesiologist, a superb guide to local and regional anesthesia, written for patients, meant to allay their fears. It does a great job.

Quick Reference Guide 1a: Acute Pain Management in Adults an excellent resource for ER physicians, includes sections on both pain assessment and management options

RN_Toolkit [Pain Awareness is Important to Nurses (PAIN)]
a super, FREE 147pg handbook on all aspects of chronic pain. Grab these when they're offered; those days are not going to last.

State-of-the-Science on CRPS/RSD
a synopsis of a typically thorough a SoS meeting; the participants included neurologists, neuroscientists, patient advocates and NINDS staff. Includes summaries of the professionals' remarks and a number of new research directions that appear promising.

Statistical Resources on the Web Univ. of Mich.'s document center for all topics even remotely health-oriented. Large and well organized.

Wolfson School of Health Sciences at Thames Valley University