Published by National Pain Report

The NIH Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force concluded its initial two day meeting on Thursday adopting an aggressive timeline to recommend updates to best practices in pain management to federal agencies.

A final report is due in 364 days.

The 28-member group, comprised of academics, practitioners and a pain patient advocate, will draft recommendations that the public will see in early January before the final adoption.

Between now and then, a lot of work must be done.

Three subcommittees were formed;

  • One will work on treatment: medication, physical therapy and surgical procedures
  • Another will deal with psychological and stigma issues
  • A third will look at complementary and alternative medicine, education and access to care.