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Innovative Delivery of Pain Management Interventions

This special issue will focus on the science related to information and communication technologies and innovative devices used in delivering pain interventions to individuals. Innovations in technology such as the Internet, smartphones, and videoconferencing have brought about changes in access to evidence-based pain care for people with pain conditions. As new technologies emerge and are adopted, as a field, we will need ongoing information to not only enable understanding of the functions and applicability of the technology but also considering issues pertinent to the science of the technology. This special issue is intended to highlight the application of innovative technologies to pain treatment research and practice, and consider specialized issues such as acceptability, confidentiality and security, and effectiveness.

The issue on Innovative Delivery of Pain Management Interventions seeks manuscripts on a wide variety of topics on the clinical effectiveness of technologies for delivering pain treatments in different populations. For the special issue, we seek manuscripts focused on the following: (1) feasibility, efficacy, and effectiveness studies of interventions using innovative technologies within pain populations; (2) descriptions and early testing of technologies, particularly as it relates to behavior change and symptom improvement in pain populations; (3) systematic reviews in this area; and (4) economic costs versus benefits of the application of these technologies in research and practice. Original research and review articles will be considered.

Editors for the special issue will be Tonya Palermo, Ph.D., University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Robert Jamison, Ph.D., Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Inquiries about the special issue can be made to tonya.palermo@seattlechildrens.org.

Manuscript submissions for the special issue are due by July 15, 2014. Please submit manuscripts electronically through the journal’s online submission Web site at http://www.editorialmanager.com/cjp and select the manuscript category "Special Topics Series." Please include a cover letter stating that you would like the manuscript considered for the special issue on Innovative Delivery of Pain Management Interventions.