Natalia E. Morone
University of Pittsburgh
Quality of lifeInternal medicinePsychologyRandomized controlled trialPhysical therapyAlternative medicinePsychological interventionOsteoarthritisAcupressureBack painMindfulnessIntervention (counseling)Low back painChronic painChronic low back painMeditationClinical trialAnxietyClinical psychologyMedicinePhysical medicine and rehabilitation
Publications 52
#1Tibor P. Palfai (BU: Boston University)H-Index: 38
#2Maya P. L. Kratzer (BU: Boston University)H-Index: 2
Last. Judith Bernstein (BU: Boston University)H-Index: 28
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BACKGROUND Chronic pain and heavy drinking are conditions that commonly co-occur among primary care patients. Despite the availability of behavioral interventions that target these conditions individually, engagement and adherence to treatment remain a challenge, and there have been no interventions designed to address both of these conditions together for patients presenting to primary care. This study seeks to incorporate the perspectives of patients regarding symptoms, treatment experiences, ...
#1Anna M. Polaski (Duquesne University)H-Index: 3
#2Amy L. Phelps (Duquesne University)H-Index: 16
Last. Benedict J. Kolber (UTD: University of Texas at Dallas)H-Index: 16
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OBJECTIVE This pilot trial examined the effects of a combined intervention of mindfulness meditation followed by aerobic walking exercise compared with a control condition in chronic low back pain patients. We hypothesized that meditation before exercise would reduce disability, pain, and anxiety by increasing mindfulness prior to physical activity compared with an audiobook control group. PARTICIPANTS Thirty-eight adults completed either meditation and exercise treatment (MedExT) (n=18) or an a...
#1Andrew Stokes (BU: Boston University)H-Index: 31
#2Dielle J. Lundberg (BU: Boston University)H-Index: 3
Last. Tuhina Neogi (BU: Boston University)H-Index: 2
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Importance Prior studies have identified an association between obesity and prescription opioid use in the US. However, the pain conditions that are factors in this association remain unestablished. Objective To investigate the association between obesity and pain diagnoses recorded by primary care clinicians as reasons for prescription of opioids. Design, Setting, and Participants A cross-sectional study including 565 930 patients aged 35 to 64 years with a body mass index (BMI) measurement rec...
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#1Chao Hsing Yeh (Johns Hopkins University)H-Index: 2
#1Chao Hsing Yeh (Johns Hopkins University)H-Index: 25
Last. Paul J. Christo (JHUSOM: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)H-Index: 30
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Background Chronic low back pain (cLBP) is a major health problem and the most common pain condition among those aged 60 years or older in the US. Despite the development of pharmacological and nonpharmacological interventions, cLBP outcomes have not improved and disability rates continue to rise. This study aims to test auricular point acupressure (APA) as a non-invasive, nonpharmacological self-management strategy to manage cLBP and to address current shortcomings of cLBP treatment.
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#1Debra K. WeinerH-Index: 51
#2Angela Gentili (Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center)H-Index: 9
Last. Subashan Perera (University of Pittsburgh)H-Index: 60
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Objective: To describe key peripheral and central nervous system (CNS) conditions in a group of older adults with chronic low back pain (CLBP) and their association with pain severity and self-reported and performance-based physical function. Design: Cross-sectional. Setting: Outpatient VA clinics. Subjects: Forty-seven community-dwelling veterans with CLBP (age 68.0 ± 6.5 years, range = 60-88 years, 12.8% female, 66% white) participated. Methods: Data were collected on peripheral pain generator...
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#1Anna M. Polaski (Duquesne University)H-Index: 3
#2Amy L. Phelps (Duquesne University)H-Index: 16
Last. Benedict J. Kolber (Duquesne University)H-Index: 16
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Integrative and complementary non-pharmacological treatments have proven efficacious in treating both the physiological and psychological symptoms of chronic pain conditions but the potential of many combined therapies is unknown. This study examined the effects of a combined intervention of mindfulness meditation followed by aerobic walking exercise in chronic low back pain (cLBP) patients. We hypothesized that meditation before exercise would reduce disability and pain by increasing mindfulnes...
#1Natalia E. Morone (BU: Boston University)H-Index: 20
The current opioid crisis has spurred the need for nonpharmacological therapies for chronic low back pain. In a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, we reported that in 282 older adults with chronic low back pain, an 8-week mind-body group program modeled on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) decreased long-term pain and increased short-term function. Barriers to uptake remain such as patient resistance to accepting the benefits of nonpharmacological treatments for chronic low back ...
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#1Kaleab Z. AbebeH-Index: 22
#2Natalia E. MoroneH-Index: 20
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Purpose: The need to diversify the biomedical research workforce is well documented. The importance of fostering the careers of fledgling underrepresented background (URB) biomedical researchers is evident in light of the national and local scarcity of URB scientists in biomedical research. The Career Education and Enhancement for Health Care Research Diversity (CEED) program at the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE) was designed to promote career success a...
#1José G. Luiggi-Hernández (Duquesne University)H-Index: 3
#2Jean Woo (Allegheny Health Network)H-Index: 119
Last. Natalia E. Morone (University of Pittsburgh)H-Index: 20
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Objective: Mindfulness is a nonpharmacologic mind-body therapy that has been shown to be effective in older adults with chronic low back pain (cLBP). There are few first-person accounts in the literature that describe the older adult experience and perspective while learning mindfulness and meditation to treat pain. The objective of this study was to investigate dominant themes present in the experiences of older adults applying mindfulness and meditation to cope with cLBP. Design: Qualitative a...
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#1Christopher N. Sciamanna (PSU: Pennsylvania State University)H-Index: 34
#2Noel H. Ballentine (PSU: Pennsylvania State University)H-Index: 9
Last. Heather L. Stuckey (PSU: Pennsylvania State University)H-Index: 24
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Abstract Approximately one-third of older adults fall each year and fall-related injuries are a leading cause of death and disability among this rapidly expanding age group. Despite the availability of bisphosphonates to reduce fractures, concerns over side effects have dramatically reduced use, suggesting that other treatment options are needed. Though many smaller studies have shown that physical activity programs can reduce falls, no study has been adequately powered to detect a reduction in ...
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