Less than a Month Remains To Comment on National Pain Strategy

Less than a Month Remains To Comment on National Pain Strategy

national-pain-study-headerPublic 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.



Authored by: Ed Coghlan

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Marie Morris

Chronic pain is a constant in my life. I am have pain and arthritis all over my body. My back also has bone, nerve, and disc disease. I cannot open jars or cans, doors. Nor the child proof bottle of my medication.
Sciatica is a crused beast that exists and the joints in my toes are so swollen, I cannot bend them.
Yet, I am discriminated against by a company who continues to harass me when I sit in my handicapped seats. The horrible part is my Doctor provided documentation.
Being Handicapped doesn’t require a wheelchair. Paying money to sit in the seats I need should not lead to harassment at every match simply because I am not in a wheelchair yet.
The laws beed to be changed to educate the ignorant. They have no right to judge and harass. I would give anything for just being pain free for 1 hour.
Legislation needs to be designed to protect us.

John Quintner

 “Increased scientific knowledge regarding the pathophysiology of pain has led to the conclusion that chronic pain can be a disease in itself that requires adequate treatment and a research commitment.”

Conferring disease status on “chronic pain” is an arguable proposition. I do not think that the full and possibly unseen implications of implementing such a recommendation have been properly explored.