National Pain Strategy – What Happens Now?

The National Pain Strategy was released by the National Institutes of Health. 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.

Really, the very first?  Mumbo jumbo.  These six “key” areas tell me nothing, and it’s just an extension of what’s already been discussed and done.  And any national pain strategy that doesn’t include the terms “suicide” and “drug war” is just plain inadequate.

Under comments:

Doc Anonymous says:
April 3, 2015 at 11:24 am
I have read some of this lengthy report and my overall impression is one of same old BS. It does have some good comments about the extent of stigma suffered by pain patients and a plea to decrease the stigma.

However, it seems to totally miss the issues of how to get treatment when so many doctors view the patients as virtual vermine.

Perhaps worst of all it calls for more study of pain, but then recommends gathering data from agencies whose primary role is to treat addiction! There is no call for a concerted effort to gather data and study those who are already neglected: Namely those who suffer chronic pain. Perhaps if the medical profession treated pain patients as people, there would be more information and more “evidence” about what does and does not work for chronic pain. Instead the report seems to call for more datamining the addiction databases.

It is very discouraging to see this report in some important ways equating addiction and pain patients. They are not the same although there is some overlap. There are some addicts with chronic pain, but not most. There are some chronic pain patients who develop addiction, but not most. It is sad that the authors of this report seem to have limited awareness of this distinction!

paita says:
April 3, 2015 at 10:00 am
Curious,,when u look up the National Institute Of Health,,it states is a subsidiary of the National Institute of Drug Abuse,,why is that important,,,they are the ones who sided w/the D.E.A,,H.H.S,,an N.I.D.A. to restrict access to hydrocodone,make us come in 3 times a year,,pee test,,etc,,,soo again,,sorry,,,don’t trust em,,,they’ll lie,,they’ll twist are comments for MORE restrictions,,,and curious,,,why now,,why not 10 years go,5 years ago,,6 month ago,,,,why now?????

Really, dude, lighten up on the commas.

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