Public comment on the draft of the newly developed National Pain Strategy will remain open until May 20. Consumer pain organizations and pain sufferers are being urged to comment on the plan.
“The National Pain Strategy represents the United States first strategic plan for transforming and advancing pain care, education, research and prevention,” Dr. Sean Mackey, Chief of the Division of Pain Medicine at Stanford University’s School of Medicine told the National Pain Report.
The National Pain Strategy addresses six key areas:
- Determine just how big and how severe chronic pain is as public health issue.
- Better emphasis on prevention of acute and chronic pain.
- Improve the quality of pain care AND reduce barriers to underserved populations at risk for pain.
- How to make sure that access to optimal pain management is available to all.
- More education and training for the people who deliver care.
- Create a national pain awareness campaign and promote safe medication use by patients.
17 consumer pain groups—organized as the Consumer Pain Advocacy Task Force is calling for a federal oversight body to be created—and a budget developed—so that implementation of the plan can begin quickly as soon as it is approved and released.
“The National Pain Strategy represents hopes for the millions of Americans and their loved ones affected by devastating chronic pain,” said Amy Goldstein, one of the members of the CPATF. “Now we must assure that adequate funding is allocated for this effort and the National Pain Strategy is implemented in a coordinated and efficient manner to enact long-overdue change in the lives of people who suffer.”
The National Pain Strategy was developed by six federal agencies and 80 experts from the medical, scientific, private, federal, patient and advocacy communities.
It is estimated that over 100-million American adults live in chronic pain at an annual economic cost of $600 billion.
AS CPATF states in a recent press release, “this equals a national epidemic with costs far exceeding that of any other disease state or disorder in the United States.”
Comments must be received by May 20, 2015. Written comments can be emailed to NPSPublicComments@NIH.gov, or addressed to Linda Porter, Ph.D., NINDS/NIH, 31 Center Drive, Room 8A31, Bethesda, MD 20892. Here’s a link to the report.
Editor’s Note: The National Pain Report agrees with the Consumer Pain Advocacy Task Force and others who urge public comment on the report. The National Pain Strategy is the first-ever comprehensive population level strategic plan to advance pain research, education, care and prevention.