Kris Vissers

Yvonne Engels9
Myrra Vernooij-Dassen4
Jasper van Riet Paap4
9Yvonne Engels
4Myrra Vernooij-Dassen
4Jasper van Riet Paap
3Bregje Thoonsen
3Lukas Radbruch
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Even in present day pain therapy, neuropathic pain remains a challenge for clinicians to treat and a challenge for researchers to investigate. Different animal models have been developed to mimic neuropathic pain. Neurotrophins such as nerve growth factor, brain-derived neurotrophic factor and neurotrophin 3 have been studied extensively in these models,(More)
Chronic pain has been associated with impaired cognitive function. We examined cognitive performance in patients with severe chronic pancreatitis pain. We explored the following factors for their contribution to observed cognitive deficits: pain duration, comorbidity (depression, sleep disturbance), use of opioids, and premorbid alcohol abuse. The cognitive(More)
  • Bregje Thoonsen, Marieke Groot, Yvonne Engels, Judith Prins, Stans Verhagen, Cilia Galesloot +2 others
  • 2011
BACKGROUND According to the Word Health Organization, patients who can benefit from palliative care should be identified earlier to enable proactive palliative care. Up to now, this is not common practice and has hardly been addressed in scientific literature. Still, palliative care is limited to the terminal phase and restricted to patients with cancer.(More)
BACKGROUND Most patients with advanced cancer, debilitating COPD or chronic heart failure (CHF) live at home. General practitioners (GPs) asked for guidance in how to recognize patients in need of palliative care in a timely way and to structure anticipatory care. For that reason, we developed a training for GPs in identifying patients in need of palliative(More)
BACKGROUND Pain is a common symptom in patients with multiple myeloma (MM). Many patients are dependent on analgesics and in particular opioids, but there is limited information on the impact of these drugs and their side effects on health-related quality of life (HRQoL). METHOD In a cross-sectional study, semi-structured interviews were performed in 21(More)
BACKGROUND Interventions to improve palliative care encounter challenges beyond the usual implementation problems because of palliative care's complex and changing character. In this study, we explored barriers and facilitators faced by health-care professionals in five European countries (England, Germany, Italy, Norway and the Netherlands) with regard to(More)
BACKGROUND Recently, digital photography in medicine is considered an acceptable tool in many clinical domains, e.g. wound care. Although ever higher resolutions are available, reproducibility is still poor and visual comparison of images remains difficult. This is even more the case for measurements performed on such images (colour, area, etc.). This(More)
UNLABELLED Cold and mechanical allodynia are important symptoms in patients with neuropathic pain. The study of cold allodynia in animals can help us to understand the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms of neuropathic pain and to validate drugs. The evaluation of cold allodynia in gerbils with a chronic constriction injury of the sciatic nerve on the(More)
Substance P (SP) acts as a transmitter of nociception in both the peripheral and the central nervous system. Because the NK-1 receptors in gerbils are comparable to those in humans, gerbil models could be used to study the role of SP in neuropathic pain. A modification of the rat chronic constriction injury (CCI) model of neuropathic pain was produced in(More)
BACKGROUND Palliative care is mainly restricted to terminal care. General practitioners (GPs) are not trained to early identify palliative patients with cancer, COPD or heart failure. With the help of the RADboud indicators for PAlliative Care needs (RADPAC), we trained GPs to identify patients' needs and to make a proactive care plan. They were also able(More)