Additional learning resources on the treatment of pain in patient’s with Sickle Cell Disease (freely available on the world wide web):

  • Vandy Black L, Smith WR. Evidence-based mini-review: Are systemic corticosteroids an effective treatment for acute pain in sickle cell disease? Hematology Am Soc Hematol Educ Program. 2010;2010:416-7. PubMed PMID: 21239828.
  • Taylor LE, Stotts NA, Humphreys J, Treadwell MJ, Miaskowski C. A review of the literature on the multiple dimensions of chronic pain in adults with sickle cell  disease. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2010 Sep;40(3):416-35. PubMed PMID: PMC2989986.
  • Ballas SK. Current issues in sickle cell pain and its management. Hematology Am Soc Hematol Educ Program. 2007:97-105. PubMed PMID: 18024616.
  • Lottenberg R, Hassell KL. An evidence-based approach to the treatment of adults with sickle cell disease. Hematology Am Soc Hematol Educ Program. 2005:58-65. PubMed PMID: 16304360.
  • Chen E, Cole SW, Kato PM. A review of empirically supported psychosocial interventions for pain and adherence outcomes in sickle cell disease. J Pediatr Psychol. 2004 Apr-May;29(3):197-209. PubMed PMID: 15131137.
  • Okpala I, Tawil A. Management of pain in sickle-cell disease. J R Soc Med. 2002 Sep;95(9):456-8. PubMed PMID: PMC1279994.

Useful Websites

Sickle Cell Information Center. 
City of Hope Pain and Palliative Care Resource Center.


Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

  • Chris Herndon, PharmD, BCPS, CPE*
  • Erin Behnen, PharmD, BCPS
  • McKenzie Ferguson, PharmD, BCPS
  • Keith Hecht, PharmD, BCOP
  • Kevin Rowland, PhD
  • Carol Wesley, PhD, MSW, M.Div

Saint Louis University

  • Raymond Tait, PhD*
  • Mary Ann Lavin, DSc, RN, APRN, ANP-BC, FNI, FAAN
  • Karen Moore, PhD, RN, APRN, ANP-BC
  • Gilbert Jones, MD, MS (Med Ed)

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

  • Michael Neumeister, MD, FRCSC
  • Margaret Boehler, RN, MS
  • Cathy Schwind, RN, MS

* Denotes Co-Principal Investigators

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