The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Effects of deep breathing on pain management

    There was a significant difference in patient satisfaction, according to researchers in Chicago.

    But what about their pain?

    First, the details.

    • Patients in the emergency department with pain as their chief complaint were randomly assigned to a treatment group.
      • Usual treatment for pain
      • Usual treatment for pain + deep breathing exercises
    • A visual analogue scale (VAS) was used to measure pain before and after treatment.
    • Patient satisfaction was measured using the medical interview satisfaction scale (MISS).

    And, the results.

    • There was no difference between groups regarding pain levels after treatment with pain medication.
    • There was a significant difference in patient service satisfaction regarding doctor/patient rapport and intention to follow treatment.

    The bottom line?
    The added attention improved the patients’ satisfaction but not their pain.

    6/3/09 21:18 JR

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