For two decades, much has been made of Pain as the 5th Vital Sign, a policy strategy to improve pain care initiated in the mid-1990s. “Calor, dolor, rubor and tumor,” i.e., heat, pain, redness and swelling, however, have been recognized as classical signs of a serious health problem since the 1st century.
Millions of Americans living with chronic pain struggle because two important public health issues—chronic pain and opioid addiction—are misunderstood and have been conflated. Tension and misunderstanding surrounding chronic pain and opioid addiction characterize the state of pain in 2016.
Our mission is to transform the way pain is perceived, judged and treated.
by Cindy Leyland, EMBA - Project Director, PAINS Project As we reported earlier, PAINS is working with Dr. Olivia Carter-Pokras at the University of Maryland on Patient Voice, a PCORI-funded project, which seeks to include chronic pain patients in the design and...read more
by Richard Payne, MD, Medical Director, PAINS Project As a young doctor I attended a conference at MD Anderson Cancer Center titled “Treating Pain in a Drug Oriented Society.” One of the conference keynote speakers, Dr. Kathleen Foley, called for the...read more
Who They Are The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) represents approximately 5,000 licensed naturopathic physicians in the U.S. who are trained as experts in natural medicine. Their orientation is on finding the underlying cause of a patient's...read more