Tuesday, June 28, 2011

IOM Report on Pain this Wednesday

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Wednesday releases a landmark report on pain called Relieving Pain in America – A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education and Research.

The report will be released to the public tomorrow, Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at 11 am ET during a live event in Washington D.C. To register for a live webcast of the release event click here. The webcast link and report will also be posted on www.iom.edu/relievingpain.
In addition to the webcast, the IOM will tweet the event live using the hash tag #relievingpain.
Myra Christopher, president and CEO of the Center for Practical Bioethics, who served on the IOM’s Committee on Advancing Pain Research, Care, and Education, believes changes in the way we assess, treat and manage pain in the US are morally imperative and must happen quickly.

As part of the Pain Action Initiative: A National Strategy (PAINS), Myra and the Center recently held regional stakeholder meetings about pain in communities across the country. A common theme of those meetings – solutions lie in systemic changes, and previous ways of addressing the problem won’t work anymore.
PAINS convened several organizations to report the Center’s findings and to discuss the possibility of working together to implement recommendations made in the IOM report.
Determined not to allow the IOM report to sit on the shelf, the group plans to meet again in August to analyze where common efforts can be coordinated and enhanced, to identify areas where there is currently little activity, and to consider opportunities for collaboration.
As a group of organizations, many of whom have toiled in these fields for many years, a concise set of actions will be developed to address each IOM recommendation while encouraging individual organizational activities and collective strategies.
For more information on the PAINS initiative click here.



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