(May 18, 2020) Cole, Linda. Publication: Non-allopathic interventions for the management of acute and chronic pain: A brief review. OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing. (April 29, 2020) Vol. 25, No. 2. doi:10.3912/OJIN.Vol25No02PPT15
With increased regulation and scrutiny, healthcare providers may be reluctant to prescribe medications, especially opioids, for patients with pain, and particularly chronic pain. However, nurses, as the frontline resource for patients, must advocate for effective interventions to address pain. Sound knowledge of non-allopathic approaches (including non-conventional, complementary, alternative, and integrative strategies) for acute, chronic, and cancer-related pain control supports a holistic pain management approach for patient care. In this article I discuss the clinical relevance of pain management and provide an historical overview of non-allopathic medicine. The discussion considers the five domains of non-allopathic medicine along with negative aspects associated with these interventions and the need for a multimodal approach. The article conclusion offers implications for nursing practice that include resources for non-allopathic pain management for both providers and patients.