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You can read the full version of the report here. We also hosted a webinar about the details of the report, which you can watch here.
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.
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