by Ed Coghlan
Chronic Pain sufferers may get a chance to influence some public health leaders in a webinar scheduled this Thursday.
The Huffington Post and Harvard Public Health are organizing a live webcast called: The Chronic Pain Epidemic: What’s to be Done? It will be held this Thursday, Nov 10 from 12:30 – 1:30pm et.
The panel will feature Cindy Steinberg, of the US Pain Foundation, Josey Briggs from the National Institutes of Health, Anne Louise Oaklander from Massachusetts General Hospital, Vaughan Rees from Harvard Public Health and David Freeman from Huffington Post.
To register, click here.
Steinberg, who is the National Director of Policy & Advocacy for the U.S. Pain Foundation, is pleased the webinar is being held.
“I applaud the Forum at the Harvard University School of Public Health for convening this discussion about chronic pain – a disease that affects 100 million Americans and disables approximately 10 million of them, yet is largely misunderstood by policymakers, the media and the public-at-large. The panel will discuss the challenges facing those with chronic pain and possible policy solutions and the audience will be encouraged to participate by submitting questions. I hope people affected by pain will tune in, participate and make your voices heard.”
Another interesting voice is Dr. Oaklander, who is an MD and a PHD, who is a neurologist/neuroscientist working in patient care, research, and education and directs a laboratory that studies causes of neuropathic pain. Her goal is to help bring these syndromes into the medical mainstream to improve diagnosis, and thus treatment.
This webinar represents that something many chronic pain patients and advocates have been asking for—a real conversation about chronic pain. A rally held last month in Washington D.C. attracted many chronic pain sufferers.
About 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, which is defined as pain that lasts longer than six months. Chronic pain can be mild or excruciating, episodic or continuous, merely inconvenient or totally incapacitating.