Pain task force calls for individualized, patient-centered care

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • Kelli Whitlock Burton
  • Clinical Essentials
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Takeaway

  • New recommendations from the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force address gaps in treatment, research, coverage, and education for the treatment of acute and chronic pain in the United States and stress a patient-centered approach to pain management.

Background

  • The task force was created by the 2016 Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act as a collaboration among the US Department of Health and Human Services, the US Department of Defense, the US Department of Veterans, and the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Key recommendations

  • Create chronic pain medication guidelines for specific patient populations by age, sex, health condition, comorbidities, and so on, and incorporate restorative, behavioral, complementary, and integrative health therapies in chronic pain management.
  • Increase naloxone distribution to first responders and patients with chronic pain, as well as their family members/caregivers.
  • Consider a multimodal approach for acute pain conditions, including medications, nerve blocks, physical therapy, and other modalities.
  • Address cultural, socioeconomic, educational, stigma, and other barriers to treatment and outcomes.

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