“The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today released a National Pain Strategy, outlining the federal government’s first coordinated plan for reducing the burden of chronic pain that affects millions of Americans. Developed by a diverse team of experts from around the nation, the National Pain Strategy is a roadmap toward achieving a system of care in which all people receive appropriate, high quality and evidence-based care for pain.
“Chronic pain is a significant public health problem, affecting millions of Americans and incurring significant economic costs to our society,” said Karen B. DeSalvo, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc., HHS acting assistant secretary for health. “This report identifies the key steps we can take to improve how we prevent, assess and treat pain in this country.”
The final Strategy being released today makes recommendations for improving overall pain care in America in six key areas: population research; prevention and care; disparities; service delivery and payment; professional education and training; and public education and communication.
More specifically, the Strategy calls for:
- Developing methods and metrics to monitor and improve the prevention and management of pain.
- Supporting the development of a system of patient-centered integrated pain management practices based on a biopsychosocial model of care that enables providers and patients to access the full spectrum of pain treatment options.
- Taking steps to reduce barriers to pain care and improve the quality of pain care for vulnerable, stigmatized and underserved populations.
- Increasing public awareness of pain, increasing patient knowledge of treatment options and risks, and helping to develop a better informed health care workforce with regard to pain management.
The HHS National Pain Strategy can be accessed at: http://iprcc.nih.gov/docs/HHSNational_Pain_Strategy.pdf
The CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain that was issued for early release on March 15 can be accessed at: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/rr/rr6501e1.htm
See related article in the Journal of the American Medical Association article on CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain—United States, 2016 published online March 15, 2016 available at: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2503508
Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services – March 18, 2016