Tuesday, July 7, 2009

IMPORTANT: What to Know About These UPDATES

Welcome to Pain-Topics News/Research UPDATES.
Here is some important disclosure information for all readers – updated December 2013.

These News/Research UPDATES were previously a component of the Pain-Topics.org website. The mission of these UPDATES is to serve as a noncommercial resource for healthcare professionals and their patients, providing open access to clinical news, information, research, and education for a better understanding of evidence-based pain-management practices. All contents are copyrighted by Stewart B. Leavitt, MA, PhD (SBL PhD, Ltd.); reproduction or excerpting are allowed for educational purposes only, must be without commercial or promotional intent, and must acknowledge the source (including the URL link).

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As of December 2009, these UPDATES have been independently produced, without external funding. Previously, they were supported in part by medical education grants and sources of funding support were fully disclosed at the site at the time of posting. By mutual agreement, and in accordance with current standards, supporters had no influence over the selection of contents, their editorial development, or their presentation.

How UPDATES Topics Are Selected
Topics are selected based foremost on their relevance and importance for the clinical practice of pain management. The focus is on evidence-based approaches and, primarily, on therapies that are approved, or near approval, for implementation in the United States. For the most part this excludes treatments that are experimental or in early stages of development. In some cases, complementary and alternative medical therapies are discussed if knowledge of these would be worthwhile for readers. Finally, reports and events relating to pain management may be discussed if they are deemed to be of importance for healthcare providers.

An important role of UPDATES is to offer critical appraisals or analyses of the selected topics from evidence-based perspectives. This acknowledges that items appearing in print or news media cannot always be trusted as being accurate, reliable, and valid. Every attempt is made in these critiques to remain objective and to raise important questions for readers to consider; however, the authors of UPDATES posts may have their own biases that also should be considered. Also see DISCLAIMER below.

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Unless expressing personal experience or opinion, UPDATES authors must include resource references for the health or medical information noted and, when available, URL links must be provided. For reader convenience, all URL links within webposts to other resources open in new browser windows, so access to the “parent” page is easily maintained. All links are checked for functionality prior to posting; however, some may change and not function in the future, which is beyond our control.

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The above information was last reviewed/revised on: December 8, 2013.