It Takes a Village So Let's Gather the Tribe

Author: Heather Tick

Pain care is in crisis in the US: this fact is widely acknowledged. The crisis is driven by a combination of factors, including rising rates of chronic illnesses, many of which—diabetes, autoimmune disorders, arthritis, fibromyalgia, obesity, and others— cause chronic pain.1 We are still in need of ways to improve health, reduce pain, manage costs, and improve function in the pain affected population. Fortunately, this need has led to the reassessment of the state of pain care at many levels. Many system wide analyses of the pain problem have concluded: it does indeed take a village to tackle this problem and the patient needs to be at the center of the team effort.

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