Your advocacy has made a difference. Our requests have been included in the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Committee Report accompanying the FY 2021 Budget Bill!
The Pain Management Best Practices Report, created by a federal task force at the request of Congress, is a national blueprint for addressing inadequacies in pain care. U.S. Pain Foundation strongly supports the report’s recommendations and believes it is imperative to improving the lives of the 50 million Americans with chronic pain.
But in order to turn the report from a stack of papers into real change, we need Congress to act. Congress mandated the report be created, but it has not yet taken any steps to implement the report’s recommendations.
On June 11, we are rallying pain warriors to demand Congress take action and allocate funds to move the report forward.
URGE CONGRESS TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR KEY TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATIONS
Email your legislators.
If legislators get enough emails on the same subject, they start to pay attention. Our template email campaign takes less than two minutes to send! (We timed it!) You can edit the template and add your personal pain story if you’d like, but it’s not required.
Call your legislators.
Even if you only leave a message, or speak with an aide, this is the most effective way to get policymakers’ attention. The link below includes step-by-step instructions, phone numbers, and talking points. We welcome you to paraphrase the talking points if that’s easiest!
Tweet your legislators.
Social media is a great way to get attention. First, look up your legislators’ Twitter account names here. Then, generate a prewritten Tweet using the link below, and add their account names (using the “@” symbol). You can customize the tweet as you see fit.
2,432 EMAILS SENT BY ADVOCATES SO FAR
Help spread the word
Once you’ve taken action to contact legislators, we encourage you to help us spread the word about the campaign in one of two ways.
1. Share graphics!
Share one of these three graphics on social media (Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram!). Make sure to use the hashtag, #aplanforpain!
2. Fill in and share this template image.
Write in why *YOU* deserve #aplanforpain, then share it on social media with the hashtag #aplanforpain.
Want to learn more about the report?
Below, we’ve summarized key takeaways from the recommendations:
- Pain is an enormous public health problem with profound individual and societal consequences.
- Successful management of pain requires individualization of care in the selection of therapies tried, in the consideration of risks and benefits of therapies, in the duration of treatment, in the optimal dosing of medication and so on.
- Best practice in pain management is achieved through a multimodal, multidisciplinary, integrated model of care including a full range of pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatments.
- Stigma is a major barrier to treatment, so it is critical to provide education and awareness of the underlying disease process of pain and to provide empathy and a nonjudgmental approach to treatment.
- Special populations face unique and increased challenges in accessing adequate pain care, including: people of color, women, pregnant women, the elderly, children/youth, active military and veterans, individuals with sickle cell disease, and cancer patients in palliative care. These groups deserve and require specialized support and interventions.
- Public, patient, and provider education is critical to the delivery of effective, patient-centered pain management and is necessary for optimizing patient outcomes.
- The risk-benefit balance for opioid management must be considered on an individual basis as there is wide variation in factors that affect the optimal dose of opioids.
What people are saying about the report
The report is being applauded by numerous organizations.
"The Task Force has developed a draft report that strikes a crucial balance by offering recommendations that seek to end the nation’s opioid epidemic while recognizing the need to support patient-focused, multidisciplinary, multimodal pain management."
"It will not only improve pain care for America’s patients, but also help end the nation’s opioid epidemic."
"We commend the Task Force for this timely and comprehensive report on the gaps and inconsistencies in acute and chronic pain management."
" The recommendations in the draft report, when implemented, will go a long way toward reducing overall opioid consumption and dependence."
"We strongly support the draft report’s conclusion that ‘individualized, patient-centered care is vital to addressing the public health pain crisis."
"The result is a series of recommendations that are thorough, well-balanced, and easily endorsed by people with pain and the organizations that represent them."
KEY COMMITTEES: While all members of Congress should hear about the report, in particular, we are hoping to reach those who sit on Appropriations Committees, which are the groups responsible for allocating funds and setting the federal budget. If one of your legislators sits on either of these committees, it is especially important you reach out on June 11!
- Senate Appropriations Committee: Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies members
- House Appropriations Committee: Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies members
HANDOUTS: In conjunction with the report, the task force released several fact sheets and infographics about its recommendations and best practices in pain management. These can be helpful to distribute to policymakers, clinicians, or really anyone with a stake in pain care.