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National Pain Strategy Chat #NPSchat September 29th at 7 PM ET

September is National Pain Awareness Month--a great opportunity to discuss the National Pain Strategy (NPS)!  The Consumer Pain Advocacy Task Force (CPATF) is hosting a twitter chat @powerofpain on Tuesday, September 29th at 7 p.m. ET.  Everyone is invited to join in using #NPSchat to share thoughts and ask questions about the NPS.  Experts and advocates nationwide will be involved and available for you.

Pain experts Dr. Bob Twillman, Executive Director of the American Academy of Pain Management; Christin Veasley, Co-founder of the Chronic Pain Research Alliance; and Dr. Lynn Webster, Vice President of Scientific Affairs at PRA Health Sciences and past President of the American Academy of Pain, will all be part of the discussion, along with advocates and the CPATF organizations.

The National Pain Strategy (NPS) is a national action plan to advance the current state of pain research, education, treatment and prevention. While only the first step in implementing long-term strategy, it’s influencing the national agenda and transforming how our nation perceives, assesses and treats pain. The NPS was developed in response to the 2011 Institute of Medicine report, Relieving Pain in America, which stated, “The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services should develop a comprehensive, population health-level strategy for pain prevention, treatment, management, education, reimbursement, and research that includes specific goals, actions, time frames, and resources.”

The NPS was released for public comment in April, and the final draft is expected to be released at the end of this year. For more information, please visit: http://iprcc.nih.gov/National_Pain_Strategy/NPS_Main.htm.

CPATF is an advocacy coalition dedicated to advocating on behalf of those who suffer pain. Their mission is to implement the National Pain Strategy (NPS). They unite under beliefs that chronic pain is a real, complex disease; it is a public health crisis that lacks resources and attention; that care requires access to a many treatment options; and denying care to patients is unethical. Learn more at http://consumerpainadvocacy.org/.

4 beliefs guiding CPATF collaborative work:  CPATF Members:    

  • Chronic pain is a real and complex disease that may exist by itself or be linked with other medical conditions.
  • Chronic pain is both an under-recognized and under-resourced public health crisis with devastating personal and economic impact.
  • Effective chronic pain care requires access to a wide range of treatment options, including biomedical, behavioral health and complementary treatment.
  • Denying appropriate care to people with chronic pain is unethical and can lead to unnecessary suffering, depression, disability and even suicide.
  • American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
  • American Chronic Pain Association
  • Chronic Pain Research Alliance
  • Global Healthy Living Foundation
  • Interstitial Cystitis Association
  • National Patient Advocate Foundation
  • Power of Pain Foundation
  • National Fibromyalgia Chronic Pain Association
  • Pain Connection
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association
  • State Pain Policy Advocacy Network
  • The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy
  • TMJ Association
  • The Pain Community
  • US Pain Foundation