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.
Training Health Care Providers on Pain Management and Safe Use of Opioid Analgesics – Exploring the Path Forward
Report prepared by Myra Christopher May 9-10, 2017, the FDA hosted a workshop titled Training Health Care Providers on Pain Management and Safe Use of Opioid Analgesics – Exploring the Path Forward. On the 9th, the FDA also released the Draft Revisions to FDA...read more
Who They Are The Chronic Pain Research Alliance (CPRA) is the country’s first and only research-led collaborative advocacy effort dedicated to changing the lives of those with Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions (COPCs). Their Mission With the ultimate goal of...read more
The National Pain Strategy Implementation Meeting began with Dr. Thomas Novotny, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health at HHS, welcoming everyone (approximately 40 people attended; many others joined by phone). He shared that, although they are still forming their...read more