IOM report calls for new attitude toward pain management

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Chronic pain affects at least 116 million adult Americans each year, costing the nation between $560 billion and $635 billion, reported the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research.

The IOM Committee on Advancing Pain Research, Care, and Education, which produced the report, concluded that “many shortfalls in pain assessment and treatment persist” due to “gaps in policy, treatment, attitudes, education, and research.” They argued that “remediating the mismatch between current knowledge and its application will require a cultural transformation in the way clinicians and the public view pain and its treatment.” More…