Who We Are

The Pain Action Alliance to Implement a National Strategy (PAINS) is a consortium of leaders working in professional societies, patient advocacy organizations, policy groups, consumers, payers and the private sector working together toward a common vision and mission. PAINS began in response to the Institute of Medicine’s report, Relieving Pain in America, which was submitted to Congress on June 29, 2011. The common ground upon which the alliance was founded is the shared belief that there is a “moral imperative” to improve the treatment of pain, the status quo is no longer acceptable, and by working together, a cultural transformation can occur. We embrace three methodologies: practical bioethics, community health development, and the health literate care model.

The Center for Practical Bioethics houses PAINS. The Center is a freestanding 501(c)3 organization incorporated in 1984. Its mission is to raise and respond to ethical issues in health and healthcare.

Vision: All people who struggle to live with pain, especially chronic pain, have access to quality pain care consistent with their goals and values.

Mission: To transform the way pain is perceived, judged and treated.

Primary Goal: To establish chronic pain as a public health priority.