DO YOU ALREADY KNOW PROF DR FRANCIS KEEFE?
PROF DR FRANCIS KEEFE

DO YOU ALREADY KNOW PROF DR FRANCIS KEEFE?

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Prof Dr Francis Keefe is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, Professor in Anesthesiology and Professor of Medicine, Director of the Duke Pain Prevention and Treatment Research Program, which focuses on developing new and more effective methods for assessing and treating patients with acute and chronic pain. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of PAIN, the leading journal in the field of pain research, and the author of several books and over 600 publications.

On 19 November, Dr Austin joins Assoc Prof Dr Rebecca Shelby with a presentation at our Online Conference 2021.

Learn about the rationale for treating pain from a behavioural and psychological perspective and how to educate patients that these approaches are appropriate and helpful.

REGISTER NOW
https://web.cvent.com/event/e52b2684-e9a5-4ef1-9e61-f3eb9bc1f042/summary

Learn more about Prof Dr Francis Keefe in our interview:

HOW DID YOUR THERAPEUTIC INTERESTS FEED INTO YOUR RESEARCH INTERESTS?

At the beginning of my career, I had a lot to do with people suffering from chronic pain. I was amazed at how differently people cope with their pain. Some seem to cope well and remain active and engaged in life despite persistent pain. Others were overwhelmed by the pain and developed sedentary and restricted lifestyles. I began to systematically study pain management and, based on the information from our studies, developed psychological treatment programmes to improve patients' ability to use coping strategies to better manage their pain.

WHAT COULD BE SOME CLINICALLY RELEVANT RESULTS OF YOUR RESEARCH FOR OSTEOPATHY?

Our interventions have not only improved the use and perceived effectiveness of patients' pain management strategies, but have also led to improvements in pain, disability, depression, anxiety and mental health problems.

YOU ARE INVOLVED IN AN INCREDIBLE NUMBER OF PUBLICATIONS AND RESEARCH PAPERS. WHICH ONE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOR YOU AND WHY?

That is a very difficult question to answer. I think that some of the studies that have been done, where we help patients manage end-of-life pain or pain associated with advanced illness, are particularly important. I think this work has had a heuristic effect that has led others to focus more on working with these patient groups.

AT OUR ONLINE CONFERENCE YOU WILL TALK ABOUT "THE ROLE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL AND BEHAVIOURAL TREATMENT IN PAIN MANAGEMENT: CURRENT STATUS AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS". WHAT CAN PARTICIPANTS EXPECT FROM YOUR PRESENTATION?

Three things in particular. First, they can learn about the rationale for treating pain from a behavioural and psychological perspective and how to educate patients that these approaches are appropriate and helpful. Second, they will become more familiar with a range of behavioural/psychological treatment protocols, including pain coping skills training protocols, mindfulness-based approaches and couples-based approaches. Third, they can become familiar with important current research initiatives in the field, such as the use of telemedicine for treatment, and how these approaches can help patients reduce their use of pain medication.

YOU ARE THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF PAIN, THE LEADING JOURNAL IN THE FIELD OF PAIN RESEARCH. WHICH ARTICLE WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOR YOU IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS AND WHY?

We have published an important series of articles critically evaluating the basic science and clinical research literature on the use of cannabis/cannabinoids for pain management. This is the most thorough analysis of this literature to date.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON OUR ONLINE CONFERENCE 2021, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT
https://www.osteopathie-schule.de/online-conference-2021/

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DO YOU KNOW PROF DR FRANCIS KEEFE?

The role of psychologically- and behaviourally-informed treatment in pain management: Current status and future directions

Prof Dr Francis Keefe is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, as well as a Professor in Anesthesiology and Professor of Medicine, Director of the Duke Pain Prevention and Treatment Research Program, which focuses on developing new and more effective methods for assessing and treating patients with acute and chronic pain. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of PAIN, the leading journal in the field of pain research, as well as the author of several books and over 600 publications.

On November 19th, together with Assoc Prof Dr Rebecca Shelby, Dr Hilary Abbey will give a lecture at our ONLINE CONFERENCE 2021. Learn about the rationale for treating pain from a behavioural and psychological perspective and how to educate patients about why these approaches are appropriate and helpful.

JOIN NOW
https://web.cvent.com/event/e52b2684-e9a5-4ef1-9e61-f3eb9bc1f042/summary

 

Learn more about Prof Dr Francis Keefe in our interview:

HOW DID YOUR THERAPEUTIC INTERESTS INFORM YOUR RESEARCH INTERESTS?

Early in my career I was working a lot with people having chronic pain. I was struck by the variations in how people coped with their pain. Some seem to cope well and remain active and engaged with life despite persistent pain. Others were overwhelmed by pain and developed a sedentary and limited lifestyle. I began to systematically study pain coping and, based on the information from our studies, developed psychological treatment programs to enhance patients' abilities to use coping strategies to better manage pain. 

WHAT COULD BE SOME CLINICALLY RELEVANT OUTCOMES FOR OSTEOPATHS FROM YOUR RESEARCH?

Our interventions not only have increased both the use and perceived effectiveness of patients' pain coping strategies, but also have produced improvements in pain, disability, depression, anxiety, and psychological distress.  

YOU ARE INVOLVED IN INCREDIBLE MANY PUBLICATIONS AND RESEARCH PAPERS. WHICH ONE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOR YOU AND WHY?

This is a very difficult question to answer. I think that several of the studies we've done helping patients manage pain at end of life or pain in the context of advanced disease are particularly important. I believe this work has had a heuristic effect leading others to focus more on working with these populations of patients.

AT OUR ONLINE CONFERENCE YOU WILL TALK ABOUT "THE ROLE OF PSYCHOLOGICALLY- AND BEHAVIOURALLY-INFORMED TREATMENT IN PAIN MANAGEMENT: CURRENT STATUS AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS ". WHAT CAN THE PARTICIPANTS EXPECT TO LEARN FROM YOUR LECTURE? 

Three things in particular. First, they can learn about the rationale for treating pain from a behavioural and psychological perspective and how to educate patients about why these approaches are appropriate and helpful. Second, they will become more familiar with a range of behavioural/psychological treatment protocols including protocols for training in pain coping skills, mindfulness-based approaches, and couples-based approaches. Finally, they can become more aware of important current research initiatives in this area such as the use of telemedicine to deliver treatment and how these approaches can be used to help patients reduce the intake of pain medications. 

YOU ARE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF PAIN, THE LEADING JOURNAL IN THE FIELD OF PAIN RESEARCH. WHICH ARTICLE WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOR YOU IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS AND WHY?

We published an important series of papers which critically evaluated the basic science and clinical research literature on the use of cannabis/cannabinoids for pain management. It represents the most rigorous analysis of this literature to date. 

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR ONLINE CONFERENCE 2021 YOU CAN FIND ON OUR WEBSITE
https://www.osteopathie-schule.de/online-conference-2021/

 

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