Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research

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Source: Institute of Medicine, 2011

Last Reviewed: 2011

This report states that pain is a public health problem, and it describes the social and economic burden of acute and chronic pain in the United States. The report:

  • Explains the unique challenges around addressing and managing patients’ pain
  • Calls for a cultural change in how pain is understood, measured, and treated
  • Provides a roadmap for achieving that change at the population level

The roadmap includes recommendations for improving pain treatment, clinical training, and pain data collection and reporting. 

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Pizzo, P., Clark, N., Carter-Pokras, O., Christopher, M., Farrar, J. T., Follett, K. A., ... & Lee, J. S. (2011). Relieving pain in america: a blueprint for transforming prevention, care, education, and research. National Academies Press. Retrieved from