This randomized clinical trial of a stepped-care intervention for chronic pain resulted in statistically significant reductions in pain-related disability, pain interference, and pain severity in veterans with chronic musculoskeletal pain.
Among older persons with critical illness, this prospective cohort study finds that more than half died within 1 month or experienced significant functional decline over the following year. See the Editor’s Note by Covinsky.
Rillamas-Sun and colleagues investigate whether higher baseline body mass index and waist circumference affect women’s survival to age 85 years without major chronic disease (coronary disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes mellitus, or hip fracture) and mobility disability.
Gill et al identified distinct sets of functional trajectories in the year immediately before and after a serious fall injury, to evaluate the relationship between the prefall and postfall trajectories, and to determine whether these results differed based on the type of injury. See the invited commentary by Studenski.
Smith et al determine national estimates of disability during the last 2 years of life.
Eriksson et al investigated whether radiological superiority translates into better work loss outcomes in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis with biological tumor necrosis factor inhibitors compared with conventional treatment. See the Invited Commentary by Yelin.