A draft of the long awaited National Pain Strategy (NPS) was released today, and the National Institutes of Health want to know what you think.
There are six key areas addressed:
- 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.
“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.
Dr. Mackey was one of 80 experts from medical, scientific, public, private, insurance, and patient advocacy groups as well as federal health agencies. He said that the NPS was called for in the 2011 Institute of Medicine report, “Relieving Pain in America” and is a strategic, action-oriented document to transform how we assess and manage pain in our country.
Dr. Mackey stressed that public input is critical.
“It will be important for all of us to work together to promote the goals in the NPS. We hope you will join us in voicing support for the Strategy by submitting comments. It is our goal to generate as many letters as possible to show HHS the importance of improving pain care for millions of Americans.”
The NPS presents specific short- and long-term goals, identifies key partners and defines tools to measure progress across six important areas including: professional education and training, public education and communication, service delivery and reimbursement, prevention and care, disparities, and population research.
Editor’s Note—At the National Pain Report we know that you have opinions—you express them often and passionately. And, since YOU are the public that truly understands PAIN, it’s important to have your voice heard. Please comment below the story. Thank you.
This is an opportunity for people who are invested in improved pain care to have a voice in shaping the national agenda on pain treatment. Stakeholders involved include those living with chronic pain, those treating chronic pain, and those who have loved ones with chronic pain..
Read the entire National Pain Strategy here. It is a 72 page document.
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.
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