Organizations Align to Hail Landmark IOM Report on Pain

Association News, Understanding CFS | 29. Jun, 2011 by | 5 Comments

Consumers, Health Professionals and Advocates
Join to
Hail Release of Landmark Institute of Medicine Report
Advancing Pain Research, Care and Education

The following statement was released today by a broad array (see list below in alphabetical order) of consumer, health professional and advocacy organizations upon release of a major new Congressionally-mandated study by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences aimed at improving pain care, education and research.


Members of the IOM committee that produced the report

WASHINGTON, DC – June 29, 2011 – “As organizations representing millions of Americans who suffer from chronic pain, of health professionals who care for these Americans, and of researchers and educators working to improve the care and treatment options available to these Americans, we are united in our enthusiasm for the IOM’s attention to this issue and by the release of this landmark report that identifies pain as a major public health problem.

“Millions of Americans will be reading the findings and recommendations of this report with great interest.  One of every four American adults suffers from chronic pain, more than the number afflicted by cancer, diabetes and heart disease combined.  Pain is the leading cause of visits to health care professionals. The economic costs of chronic pain in added health care costs, lost productivity and lost income is enormous.  The toll in human suffering, much of it potentially unnecessary, is of even greater concern to people with pain and their families.

“While we are still carefully reviewing its findings and recommendations, we hope that this landmark report sounds the siren call for greater attention to pain issues by both public and private sector policymakers and by the nation as a whole.  We hope the recommendations of the report lay a clear path toward much needed improvements in pain research, care, education and treatment.”

American Academy of Neurology
American Academy of Pain Management
American Academy of Pain Medicine
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
American Chronic Pain Association
American Headache Society
American Pharmacists Association
American Pain Foundation
American Pain Society
Boston Scientific
Solve ME/CFS Initiative
Cephalon, Inc.
Citizen Advocacy Center (CAC)
The Endometriosis Association
Endo Pharmaceuticals
Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
Medtronic, Inc.
National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
National Vulvodynia Association
The Neuropathy Association
Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation
Rocky Mountain CFS/ME & FM Association
St. Jude Medical
The TMJ Association
U.S. Pain Foundation
The Virginia Cancer Pain Initiative

June 29, 2011