Features  |   August 2014
National Pain Strategy Task Force: Strategic Plan for a Cultural Transformation in Pain Prevention, Care and Education
Author Affiliations
  • Sean C. Mackey, M.D., Ph.D.
    Committee on Pain Medicine
  • Daniel B. Carr, M.D.
    Committee on Pain Medicine
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Pain Medicine / Features
Features   |   August 2014
National Pain Strategy Task Force: Strategic Plan for a Cultural Transformation in Pain Prevention, Care and Education
ASA Monitor 08 2014, Vol.78, 22-24.
ASA Monitor 08 2014, Vol.78, 22-24.
On June 29, 2011, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its seminal report, Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research. This report was not only the culmination of the IOM pain committee’s hard work, but was also the fruit of behind-the-scenes efforts to establish this committee as part of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The multidisciplinary committee consisted of 19 members (including author SM) with expertise in nearly every aspect of pain care, education, research and advocacy. The committee successfully completed its assignment because all members put aside their biases, affiliations and potential conflicts to focus on what was best for the person living in pain – and what was best for the United States. As part of the process, the committee gathered written input from thousands of patients, families and others affected by pain; convened multiple public hearings; and heard many passionate and sometimes tearful testimonials. The committee synthesized all this information and gave a voice to those living with pain.
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