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January 2014

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The Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life (TRIPLL) is an NIH funded Edward R. Roybal Center. Our eNewsletter provides recent news, events, and funding opportunities related to pain and aging. In this issue we feature studies that address pain management for older adults in long term care facilities, pain beliefs among nursing home residents, palliative care, and telemedicine for chronic pain; as well as upcoming events and recent pain and aging related funding opportunities. 


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News and Recent Research

The following section features recent news and research studies that focus on pain and aging 


Benefits of Pain Management Education in Long Term Care

The authors of a recent study published in Pain Management Nursing developed an acute and chronic pain management intervention for individuals residing in long-term care settings. The study enrolled professional and certified nursing assistants (CNA) who participated in a intensive training program designed to improve their knowledge of pain management methods. Major barriers and challenges associated with long term care settings that CNAs identified included, "continued concern over residents not willing to take pain medications and the fear of families regarding pain medication side effects, " and "inadequate time to assess pain and inadequate physician knowledge about pain management." The study results indicate that pain management education in long term care facilities can lead to the adoption of practices and potentially have a positive impact on residents' pain conditions.


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Pain among Nursing Home Residents 

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The authors of a recent study published in Pain Management Nursing evaluated the "health-related profile and quality of life of older persons living with and without pain in nursing homes." The study enrolled 535 older persons from 10 nursing homes, of which 359 (74%) experienced pain. The authors found that  "with the exception of the no-pain group, nursing home residents' pain affected both their psychologic health, including happiness, life satisfaction, and depression, and their physical quality of life." The authors conclude that "pain management is a high priority in elderly care; as such, innovative and interdisciplinary strategies are necessary to enhance quality of life particularly for older persons living in nursing homes."


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Palliative Care and an Aging Population

A recent report published in Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy provided information on the increasing rate of chronic conditions (i.e., dementia) among older adults, and the need for palliative care treatments and programs to address them. The authors cited numerous challenges associated with providing optimal palliative care that required coordinated and targeted collaborations between healthcare professionals, national governments and nongovernmental agencies. The authors found an increasing need for palliative care among older adults because, "chronic pain affects more than 50% of older people in the community and more than 80% of nursing home residents. "


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Telemedicine for Chronic Pain among Older Adults

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In Pain Medicine the authors of a recent study sought to "identify primary care providers' interest in, as well as perceived barriers and facilitators to, using novel telemedicine technologies (e.g., smartphones) for managing chronic non-cancer pain in older adults." The study results indicate that most providers reported limited use of telemedicine, but expressed substantial interest in trying devices such as smartphones to manage chronic non-cancer pain among older patients. Potential barriers include "information overload, lack of mobile device usability among patients and clinicians, liability issues, and cost."


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 Upcoming Events

The following list includes upcoming seminars, meetings, and conferences that  focus on aging, pain, or general research methods


TRIPLL's January Work-in-Progress Seminar 

TRIPLL will host a Work in Progress (WIP) seminar on January 15, 2014 EST. The WIP is an open forum designed to improve the research proposals of junior and senior researchers, faculty, and health care professionals. Contact Marcus Warmington at if you have any questions or would like to participate.   

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TRIPLL's January 2014 Webinar 

Joseph Shega, MD; Director of HPM Research, University of Chicago Medical Center, will make a presentation titled "Improvements in Pain Management through Appreciation of Nocioceptive Pathways & Analgesic Mechanism of Action." on January 27 from 3-4pm.


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The following are ongoing opportunities relating to pain and aging:


Exercise Program for Older Adults at HSS

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Hospital for Special Surgery's "Let's Get Moving!" class for older adults utilizes the movements of yoga and stretching in addition to breathing awareness and meditation to help ease stiffness, aches and pains.  


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The Consortium of New York Geriatric Education Centers

The Faculty Development Collaborative Program in Geriatrics

is a training program designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of health professions faculty in inter-professional teaching, leadership, project development and program implementation in geriatrics. This course will prepare health professions faculty from multiple disciplines to utilize contemporary evidence-based educational strategies, inter-professional team approaches, and innovative evaluation processes in teaching collaborative patient- centered care.


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Funding Opportunities

Recent pain and aging related funding for health care professionals, senior academic researchers, and junior faculty 


Recent Pain and Aging Related Funding


Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program

Funder: American Federation for Aging Research

Funding Amount: $ 3,500

Due Date: January 31, 2014

Overview: The MSTAR Program provides medical students with an enriching experience in aging-related research and geriatrics, under the mentorship of top experts in the field. This program introduces students to research and academic experiences early in their training that they might not otherwise have during medical school. Positive experiences in the MSTAR program have led many physicians-in-training to pursue academic careers in aging, ranging from basic science to clinical research to health services research. 

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Mechanisms, Models, Measurement, and Management in Pain

Funder: National Institute of Health

Funding Amount: TBA

Due Date: Rolling Acceptance

Overview: New advances are needed in every area of pain research, from the micro perspective of molecular sciences to the macro perspective of behavioral and social sciences. Although great strides have been made in some areas, such as the identification of neural pathways of pain, the experience of pain and the challenge of treatment have remained uniquely individual and unsolved. Research to address these issues conducted by interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research teams is strongly encouraged, as is research from underrepresented, minority, disabled, or women investigators.     

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Roybal Centers for Translational Research on Aging

Funder: National Institute of Health

Funding Amount: $1,750,000

Due Date: January 22, 2014

Overview: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits Edward R. Roybal Centers for Translation Research in the Behavioral and Social Sciences of Aging.  Center resources are intended for the development and piloting of new and innovative ideas for early stage as well as late stage translation of basic behavioral and social research findings about established or hypothesized mechanisms of action, at the individual or population level, into programs and practices that will improve the lives of older people and the capacity of institutions to adapt to societal aging. 


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Multidisciplinary Studies of HIV/AIDS and Aging (R21)

Funder: National Institute of Health (NIH)

Funding Amount: TBA

Due Date: April 8, 2014

Overview: "This funding announcement invites applications proposing to study HIV infection, HIV-associated conditions, HIV treatment, and/or biobehavioral or social factors associated with HIV/AIDS in the context of aging and/or in older adults. Research approaches of interest include clinical translational, observational, and intervention studies in domestic and international settings." 


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The Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life (TRIPLL) is an NIA funded Edward R. Roybal center with a focus on persistent pain due to both cancer and non-cancer related causes. TRIPLL is a collaboration between investigators at Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell-Ithaca, Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, Hospital for Special Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Visiting Nurse Service of New York and Council of Senior Centers & Services of NYC, Inc.