Rajat N. Moman, M.D., studies chronic pain, which affects millions of people worldwide, and treatments of chronic pain. Dr. Moman studies the prevalence of chronic pain in different patient populations. Additionally, he has an interest in treatments of failed back surgery syndrome, peripheral neuropathy, spinal stenosis and complex regional pain syndrome.
Dr. Moman has research interests in outcomes related to chronic pain therapies such as spinal cord stimulation and also studies patient-specific factors that limit access to and efficacy of well-established therapies for chronic pain. Further, he has an interest in the use of technology in pain medicine and how it can help patients better manage their chronic pain. Lastly, Dr. Moman has an interest in using systematic review and meta-analysis methods to better study questions in the field of chronic pain medicine.
- Technology in chronic pain. Dr. Moman is interested in the interface of technology and chronic pain medicine. He performed a meta-analysis of electronic and mobile health interventions and helped identify strengths and weaknesses of these technologies. Ideally, these interventions help patients manage their chronic pain independently of and in conjunction with their health care teams.
- Smoking and chronic pain. Recent studies suggest that smoking decreases the effect of certain therapies for chronic pain. Dr. Moman and W. Michael Hooten, M.D., performed a meta-analysis of the prevalence of smoking among patients with spinal cord stimulators for chronic pain to better understand how many patients might be affected by this.
Significance to patient care
Dr. Moman's hope is that his systematic review and meta-analysis research in chronic pain medicine will yield a better understanding of which patients with chronic pain respond well to interventions and which risk factors cause patients to respond poorly.