The U.S. Pain Foundation tweeted yesterday that only 1100 people have thus far commented on the National Institutes of Health draft report on the treatment of chronic pain.
The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force was established to propose updates to best practices and issue recommendations that address gaps or inconsistencies for managing chronic and acute pain. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is overseeing this effort with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Department of Defense.
The draft report was issued on December 28 and the federal government is giving individuals until April 1st to comment.
In a recent article in the National Pain Report by Richard “Red” Lawhern, Ph.D., spoke to some of the issues he recommends pain patients consider before commenting.
The report, which you can read here, is 91 pages long and is worth the read if you have the time.
Here’s how the U.S. Pain Foundation summarized the report:
- Pain is an enormous public health problem with profound individual and societal consequences
- Successful management of pain requires individualization of care in the selection of therapies tried, in the consideration of risks and benefits of therapies, in the duration of treatment, in the optimal dosing of medication and so on.
- Best practice in pain management is achieved through a multi-modal, multidisciplinary, integrated model of care including a full range of pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments.
- Stigma is a major barrier to treatment, so it is critical to provide education and awareness of the underlying disease process of pain and to provide empathy and a nonjudgmental approach to treatment.
- Public, patient, and provider education is critical to the delivery of effective, patient-centered pain management and is necessary for optimizing patient outcomes.
- The risk-benefit balance for opioid management must be considered on an individual basis as there is wide variation in factors that affect the optimal dose of opioids.
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