John T. Farrar, MD, PhD

Office Location816, Blockley Hall
Office Phone215-898-5802

Faculty Information

CCEB AppointmentSenior Scholar, Epidemiology
Primary Faculty AppointmentAssociate Professor of Epidemiology at HUP, University of Pennsylvania Perelman SOM

Additional Positions

Director, Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology Program

Vice-Chair of the Drug Use and Effects Subcommittee, UPHS

Chair of the Pain Management Subcommittee of HUP's Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee

Associate Professor of Anesthesia and Critical Care (Secondary)

Associate Professor of Neurology (Secondary)

Research Statement

Dr. Farrar's research interests are primarily focused on the studies of pain and symptom management with a special focus on the measurement, analysis and interpretation methodology. Other interests include: pharmacoepidemiological studies using large databases; functional neuroimaging studies of the neurological manifestations of pain related disease; and novel methodology in the design and execution of clinical trials. In his clinical practise, he collaborates with Penn Pain Medicine Center and the Symptom Management and Palliative Care Program (SYMPAC) providing care to patients at the Abramson Cancer Center focusing on all aspects of the management of pain and other cancer related symptoms.

Selected Publications

Ochroch EA, Gottschalk A, Troxel AB, Farrar JT: Women suffer more short and long-term pain than men after major thoracotomy. Clinical Journal of Pain 2006; 22(5): 491-8.

Cucchiaro G, Farrar JT, Guite JW, Li Y: What postoperative outcomes matter to pediatric patients? Anesthesia & Analgesia 2006; 102(5): 1376-82.

Polomano, R.C., Marcotte, P.J., Farrar, J.T.: Spinal fusion or exercise and cognitive intervention? In search of the answers. Pain, 2006 122(1-2):4-5.

Mao JJ, Farrar JT, Xie SX, Bowman MA, Armstrong K: Use of complementary and alternative medicine and prayer among a national sample of cancer survivors compared to other populations without cancer. Complementary Therapies in Medicine 2007; 15(1): 21-9.

Portenoy RK, Farrar JT, Backonja MM, et al.: Long-term use of controlled-release oxycodone for noncancer pain: results of a 3-year registry study. Clinical Journal of Pain 2007; 23(4): 287-99.

Brown DC, Boston RC, Coyne JC, Farrar JT: Development and psychometric testing of an instrument designed to measure chronic pain in dogs with osteoarthritis. American Journal of Veterinary Research 2007; 68(6): 631-7.

Mao JJ. Armstrong K. Farrar JT. Bowman MA: Acupuncture expectancy scale: development and preliminary validation in China. Explore-The Journal of Science & Healing 2007; 3(4):372-7.

Mao JJ. Armstrong K. Bowman MA. Xie SX. Kadakia R. Farrar JT: Symptom burden among cancer survivors: impact of age and comorbidity. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM 2007; 20(5):434-43.

Dworkin RH. O'Connor AB. Backonja M. Farrar JT. Finnerup NB. Jensen TS. Kalso EA. Loeser JD. Miaskowski C. Nurmikko TJ. Portenoy RK. Rice AS. Stacey BR. Treede RD. Turk DC. Wallace MS. Pharmacologic management of neuropathic pain: evidence-based recommendations. Pain 2007; 132(3):237-51.

Dworkin RH. Turk DC. Wyrwich KW. Beaton D. Cleeland CS. Farrar JT. Haythornthwaite JA, et al. Interpreting the clinical importance of treatment outcomes in chronic pain clinical trials: IMMPACT recommendations. Journal of Pain 2008; 9(2):105-21.

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