Journal of Clinical Nursing
© John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Edited By: Carol Haigh, Debra Jackson, Graeme D Smith
Impact Factor: 1.316
ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 21/104 (Nursing (Social Science)); 25/106 (Nursing (Science))
Online ISSN: 1365-2702
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Free Virtual Issue: Pain
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It is noticeable that pain assessment is still seen as the fundamental key to ensuring satisfactory pain management, yet little work has been done to evaluate the outcomes of the assessment and how that information can be used to promote better pain management across disparate disciplines and clinical specialities. The final paper in this virtual issue suggests a new approach to using pain assessment data that could contribute to enhanced service delivery.
Editor's Choice - November
Psychosocial effects of Tai chi exercise on people with rheumatoid arthritis
Jennifer M Waite-Jones, Claire A Hale and Heather Young Lee
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) research is increasingly being carried out by clinical nurses. This reflects the global popularity of CAM in the symptomatic management of many chronic illnesses, including rheumatoid disorders. In rheumatoid arthritis there is emerging good evidence to support the use of Omega 3-fatty acids and relaxation techniques to reduce the impact of this potentially debilitating condition.
In their paper, Waite-Jones et al. investigated the perceived psychosocial effects of taught sessions of Tai Chi in people diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Although part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tai Chi appears to be one type of CAM increasingly used in the Western world. Despite their study being relatively small scale, they clearly highlight the potential psychosocial benefits that Tai Chi can offer in conjunction with conventional treatments in rheumatoid disease.
For me, one of the strengths of this paper is that it demonstrates the important role that good quality qualitative research can play in the evaluation of complex CAM interventions. Complementary interventions often consist of whole systems of health and study designs that need to acknowledge the uniqueness of these systems. I would recommend this paper to all healthcare professionals with an interest in management of chronic illness, as it demonstrates the importance of promoting psychological well-being in people with these conditions.
Professor Graeme D. Smith
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