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.
Who They Are Founded in 1997 in Orange, California, by Lynne Matallana and Karen Lee Richards, the National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA) is the largest nonprofit [501(c)3] organization working to support people with fibromyalgia and other chronic pain illnesses....read more
WEBINAR: Implementation of the National Pain Strategy: Moving Toward Improving Health and Quality of Life of Individuals Living with Chronic Pain
Hosted by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health and the National Institutes of Health Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 8:30AM – 4:30PM ET The goals of this meeting are to share information about NPS implementation activities, to hear about external partner...read more
To better understand what researchers should know before engaging in patient-centered outcomes research with the chronic pain community, the University of Maryland School of Public Health, in collaboration with PAINS and the National Research Council, is looking for...read more