Faculty Perspectives in Chronic Pain, Part 2 of 5 Solutions to Public Health Issues in Chronic Pain

Advocacy, Collaboration, and Education: Solutions to Public Health Issues in Chronic Pain

Chronic pain affects approximately 100 million US adults, and has devastating consequences on quality of life (QoL) and functional status.1 Unfortunately, despite the availability of various pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic therapies, many patients with chronic noncancer pain continue to experience moderate or severe symptoms.1 Numerous barriers exist to the optimal management [ Read More ]

Sabeeha Muneer, PhD

Finding Solutions to Public Health Issues in Chronic Pain

The main article in this publication discusses the need for global education and advocacy efforts to improve the care of patients with chronic pain. The Institute of Medicine report on relieving pain stresses the importance of expanding education efforts to multiple stakeholders, including patients, the general public, and healthcare providers, [ Read More ]

Jennifer M. Hah, MD, MS

Addressing Public Health Issues in the Management of Chronic Pain

In the main article in this publication, the author points out various shortcomings of chronic pain management in the United States. In this commentary, I would like to address some of the reasons for such shortcomings as they pertain to the use of opioids for the management of chronic noncancer [ Read More ]

Paul M. Hamrah, MS, PharmD

Meeting the Challenges of Public Health Issues in Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is an issue of major importance for US payers. Although the management of chronic pain is complex and requires multiple medical interventions and therapies, one of the mainstays of treatment is the appropriate use of opioid therapy.1 In this regard, payers are tasked to maintain a balance that [ Read More ]

Gary M. Owens, MD