Advancing Research For Chronic Pain Act

Bipartisan legislation introduced that would require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to analyze and publish population health data on chronic pain

Chronic pain and high-impact chronic pain are a tremendous disease burden on the United States population in terms of patient suffering, loss of productivity, and the costs of health care and disability. Despite patients’ and researchers’ desperate need for information, the CDC does not regularly collect, analyze, or publish comprehensive population research data on pain like it does for other major diseases.

High-quality data is necessary to identify trends, risks, and consequences of pain, and to inform interventions aimed at improving care and patient outcomes while reducing costs to the U.S. health care system.

What you need to know

Chronic pain is an enormous public health problem that must be addressed. There is a tremendous need for regular, high-quality data to better understand the problem of pain, and to inform interventions to improve care and reduce associated costs.

S.2922/H.R.7164 would provide data on:

  • Incidence and prevalence of pain conditions. 
  • Demographics such as age, race, gender, socioeconomic status, and geographic location.
  • Effectiveness of evidence-based approaches. 
  • Utilization of medical and social services. 
  • Indirect and direct costs. 
  • Risk factors, comorbidities, and health consequences.

    Get involved 

    U.S. Pain is planning its Virtual Advocacy Day on Tuesday, July 23, 2024, that will focus on S.2922/H.R.7164, the Advancing Research for Chronic Pain Act. We hope you can also join us Monday, July 22 for a webinar as we share more information about the bill, its significance, and how to get involved on July 23!

    “Big Numbers and Why Pain Counts”

    Understand the Advancing Research For Chronic Pain Act, hear from legislative aides about its importance, and learn how to take action. 

    Monday, July 22   ~   1-2:30pm ET


    To locate references in our one-pager, Advancing Research For Chronic Pain Act, visit: uspainfoundation.org/advocacy/advancingresearchact.