Faculty Perspectives in Chronic Pain, Part 1 of 5 Socioeconomic Burden of Chronic Pain

The Socioeconomic Burden of Patients with Chronic Pain

Managed care organizations (MCOs) must play a pivotal role in the management of patients with chronic pain. Payers already recognize that pain is one of the most prevalent chronic conditions and that it is generally associated with significant comorbidities. As noted in the main article in this publication, there may [ Read More ]

Gary M. Owens, MD

Reducing the Negative Effects of Opioids While Adequately Managing Pain

Practitioners, healthcare providers, governing bodies, and patients all agree that there are significant gaps in the adequate management of pain in our current healthcare system. In addition, there are great concerns among practitioners regarding the social effects of ramping up opioid use for the management of chronic pain. These concerns [ Read More ]

Paul M. Hamrah, MS, PharmD

Addressing the Socioeconomic Burden of Chronic Pain

The main article in this publication highlights the rising incidence of chronic pain that afflicts 43% of the adult US population (as of 2010).1 In addition, the author discusses the disparities that exist in terms of pain assessment and treatment for several disadvantaged groups, including the elderly, women, ethnic/racial minorities, [ Read More ]

Jennifer M. Hah, MD, MS

Socioeconomic Burden of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is a debilitating condition that is associated with significant medical, emotional, and economic burdens. The International Association for the Study of Pain defined chronic pain as pain that persists past the normal time of healing, which may be less than 1 month, or more commonly, 3 months.1 However, [ Read More ]

Sabby Muneer, PhD