Who They Are

The Consumer Pain Advocacy Task Force is comprised of 16 organizations working to improve the well-being of those living with chronic pain. They are united with one goal – to work collectively to promote, support and monitor the implementation of the National Pain Strategy.

What is the National Pain Strategy?

Simply put, the National Pain Strategy (NPS) is the country’s first and only comprehensive strategic plan and road map to improving the way that pain is perceived, assessed and treated in America. It was called for by the historic 2011 Institute of Medicine Report, Relieving Pain in America and was released by the Department of Health and Human Services on March 18, 2016.

What They Believe

Integral to their collaboration, they unite with the following beliefs, which guide their collective work. JOIN the list of more than 50 groups who have endorsed these beliefs.

  • Chronic pain is a real and complex disease that may exist by itself or be linked with other medical conditions.
  • Chronic pain is both an under-recognized and under-resourced public health crisis with devastating personal and economic impact.
  • Effective chronic pain care requires access to a wide range of treatment options, including biomedical, behavioral health and complementary treatment.
  • Denying appropriate care to people with chronic pain is unethical and can lead to unnecessary suffering, depression, disability and even suicide.

Learn More

  • Visit the website and sign up to join the groups and individuals who have endorsed the CPATF’s key messages.