National Pain Strategy: Federal Advisory Group Proposal

On April 2, the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC) released a report--National Pain Strategy. A Comprehensive Population Health-Level Strategy for Pain--which is a compilation of expert working groups who focused on 6 areas of need identified in the Institute of Medicine's well-known 2011 study, Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research: population research, prevention and care, disparities, service delivery and reimbursement, professional education and training, and public awareness and communication. The National Pain Strategy is in response to a call from the IOM for development of a “comprehensive population health-level strategy” to address the issues identified in its

A key conclusion of the report, as articulated in the executive summary, is that the “cultural  transformation in our efforts to reduce the burden of pain in the United States will not be achieved without sustained and indeed expanded investment into basic and clinical research studies of the biopsychosocial mechanisms that produce and maintain chronic pain and into the development of safe and effective pain treatments.” The report further highlights that “Much of the responsibility for front-line pain care rests on primary care clinicians, who are not sufficiently trained in pain assessment and comprehensive, evidence-based treatment approaches.” The IPRCC will be accepting comments on the draft guidance until May 20, 2015.

Read the full draft report here.

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