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 Carolyn Noel, Webmaster - PAINS Project A few weeks ago, I read an article entitled, "The $100 billion per year back pain industry is mostly a hoax" which discussed the release of a new book about back pain. As a person who has lived with back pain for over 15...read more
Editor's Note: PAINS-KC is a group of approximately 50 “Citizen/Leaders” (C/Ls) who live with chronic pain or care for a family member who does. PAINS convened this group more than four years ago for the purpose of advising its management team about program...read more
We are excited to welcome Lesli Hill to PAINS team as the Volunteer Coordinator of PAINS Advisory Committee. PAINS is a program of the Center for Practical Bioethics that is governed by an outstanding Board of Directors. We are grateful that the Center’s Board has...read more