The National Pain Strategy, the federal government’s first coordinated plan for reducing the burden of chronic pain that affects millions of Americans, has been released by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
We interviewed Christin Veasley, Co-Founder of the Chronic Pain Research Alliance, to explore what the National Pain Strategy is all about. Watch below:
Developed by a diverse team of experts from around the nation, the National Pain Strategy is the first-ever, comprehensive, population-level strategic plan to advance pain research, education, care and prevention, and was developed in response to the imminent need to transform how pain is perceived, assessed and treatment in America. The development process began after the 2011 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Relieving Pain in America, determined that over 100 million American adults live with life-altering chronic pain, at an annual economic cost burden of $600 billion. This equals a national epidemic with costs far exceeding that of any other disease state or disorder in the U.S.
The National Pain Strategy calls for:
- Developing methods and metrics to monitor and improve the prevention and management of pain.
- Supporting the development of a system of patient-centered integrated pain management practices based on a biopsychosocial model of care that enables providers and patients to access the full spectrum of pain treatment options.
- Taking steps to reduce barriers to pain care and improve the quality of pain care for vulnerable, stigmatized, and underserved populations.
- Increasing public awareness of pain, increasing patient knowledge of treatment options and risks, and helping to develop a better informed health care workforce with regard to pain management.
“Of the millions of people who suffer from chronic pain, too many find that it affects many or all aspects of their lives,” said Linda Porter, Ph.D., director, NIH’s Office of Pain Policy and co-chair of the IPRCC working group that helped to develop the report. “We need to ensure that people with pain get appropriate care and that means defining how we can best manage pain care in this country.”
Review the National Pain Strategy here, and look for more coverage on the NPS from the Academy, the State Pain Policy Advocacy Network (SPPAN), the Consumer Pain Advocacy Task Force (CPATF), and PAINS, who are working collectively to develop action steps to ensure that the National Pain Strategy will be implemented so that it may improve lives.