By any—and I mean by any–measurement, 2020 is going to be an important year for the chronic pain community.
If the National Pain Report commentary section is any indication—and humbly I would argue it is–then progress toward how the chronic pain community is effectively and appropriately treated is an IMPERATIVE.
Since the mid 2010s–and I guess since we are in the 2020s the 2010s are officially the last decade–the chronic pain community has been hit hard by the government’s interference in the doctor-patient community.
It argues a broader point, of course, which is that too many of the chronic pain community have been adversely impacted
I follow Twitter (and so should you) and there is a growing consensus among “thought leaders” that how chronic pain is being treated is not patient-centric–in fact it may be anti-patient centric.
What does 2020 demand?
The answer to these questions are a start:
How do we know that chronic pain patient are being treated correctly?
Will the anti-opioid prescription trend continue?
Is there a chance that an integrated chronic pain treatment will be promoted–and as importantly–accepted for people who suffer from pain?
Will the governments (federal and state) start to consider the patient point of view or will the government point of view that “we know best” continue to dominate how states and the federal government view chronic pain?
Those are our questions:
What is your resolution?
What are you going to do in 2020 to make sure that chronic pain patients are treated appropriately?
Let us know.