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
on
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.

IOM-panel

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
www.aan.com
American Academy of Pain Management
www.aapainmanage.org
American Academy of Pain Medicine
www.painmed.org
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
www.aana.com
American Chronic Pain Association
www.theacpa.org
American Headache Society
www.americanheadachesociety.org
American Pharmacists Association
www.pharmacist.com
American Pain Foundation
www.painfoundation.org
American Pain Society
www.ampainsoc.org
Boston Scientific
www.bostonscientific.com
Solve ME/CFS Initiative
www.cfids.org
Cephalon, Inc.
www.cephalon.com
Citizen Advocacy Center (CAC)
www.citizenadvocacycenter.org
Coalition4ME/CFS
http://coalition4mecfs.org
Coalition4Fibromyalgia
http://coalition4fibromyalgia.org
The Endometriosis Association
www.endometriosisassn.org
Endo Pharmaceuticals
www.endo.com
Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
www.hpna.org
Inflexxion
www.inflexxion.com
LIVESTRONG
www.livestrong.org
Medtronic, Inc.
www.medtronic.com
National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association
www.fmcpaware.org
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
www.nhpco.org
National Vulvodynia Association
www.nva.org
The Neuropathy Association
www.neuropathy.org
Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation
http://www.nphealthcarefoundation.org
P.A.N.D.O.R.A.
www.pandoranet.info
Rocky Mountain CFS/ME & FM Association
www.rmcfa.org
St. Jude Medical
www.sjm.com
The TMJ Association
www.tmj.org
U.S. Pain Foundation
www.uspainfoundation.org
The Virginia Cancer Pain Initiative

June 29, 2011