Is Pain a Public Health Crisis?

http://www.medpagetoday.com/PainManagement/PainManagement/50826

Robert Kerns, PhD, of Yale and the Connecticut VA, who also chaired one of the report panels, said the strategy asserts that pain is a “public health problem — or, as some say, a public health crisis — that is in need of a national strategy to transform the way we think about [pain].”

The report was written by the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC), which is comprised of representation from the FDA, the NIH, the CDC, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The report does not make specific treatment recommendations; rather it acknowledges evidence gaps and calls for further research to better understand pain in order to treat it more appropriately…

Opioids have been a focal point of the debate about pain care. The report acknowledges that more liberal prescribing of the drug class has led to a rise in addiction, abuse, and overdose, but it maintains that the drugs are considered medically appropriate for acute and intractable pain that doesn’t respond to other therapies.

Still, it notes that there aren’t enough data to help tell which patients are candidates for opioid therapy, on appropriate dosing strategies, or on risk mitigation, and there’s a need for further research on the safety and efficacy of long-term opioids for chronic pain…

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