Revolutionizing Health Care for People With Chronic Pain

Taking a proactive and different approach to helping people in chronic pain, the International Myopain Society and the National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association have created the People’s Campaign for Preventing Chronic Pain. This initiative aims to expand research and education by developing and testing training tools and coach based treatment strategies. “By training people to make simple lifestyle changes that cause persistent pain, long-term treatment success improves dramatically,” explains Dr. James Fricton, a Course Director and Professor at the University of Minnesota, Senior Researcher at HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research, Pain Specialist at the Minnesota Head and Neck Pain Clinic, and currently President of the International Myopain Society. “Self-management training is an essential component of care. Every health professional needs to integrate it into every treatment plan to achieve transformative care and not just palliative care.”

The goal is for people in chronic pain to take charge of their own health, and health care. “This Campaign is about changing our whole approach to chronic pain,” explains Dr. Fricton. The Campaign plans to expand education for both patients and practitioners, expand research to prevent chronic pain in the first place, and to expand advocacy and awareness to help prevent chronic pain.

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