CPC Position Statement

By Dr. David Williams, CPC Senior Scientific Advisor

Research over the past 20 years has shown that over 100 million people in the U.S. living in pain are not receiving the kind of care they need in order to successfully treat their often life-altering pain symptoms. Studies show that new treatment options and improved access to care are two critical components necessary to improve the under-served needs of this community.

The Community Pain Center (CPC) is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people affected by fibromyalgia and chronic pain. In order to make this goal more attainable, the CPC’s founder, Lynne Kennedy Matallana, has developed a business model that will create new forms of access to evidence-based health care via the internet, for all people living with chronic pain. This groundbreaking interactive destination website will provide novel ways for people with pain to explore and create a personalized, action oriented, self-management plan that can help improve health outcomes. The CPC is a user-friendly community of individuals who will have access to an integration of experienced companies, non-profit organizations, educational providers, leading health care professionals, extensive evidence based treatment options and information, and facilitate access to one-on-one assistance and educational programs. Accordingly, the CPC welcomes the recent strides that have been made in the scientific understanding and medical management of pain.

Pain patients vary greatly from one to another in their clinical presentation and response to medications and other forms of treatment. This is not unusual and is also the case in other complex medical conditions. Individuals who fail to tolerate or respond to one agent may demonstrate improvement and positively respond to another. In addition, a number of non-pharmacological treatments have also been shown to be effective for the alleviation of symptoms associated with chronic pain, including patient education, supervised aerobic exercise and cognitive behavioral therapy. It is this knowledge that leads us to believe that the Community Pain Center will be what fibromyalgia and chronic pain patients “have been hoping for!”

In light of the foregoing, it is the position of the CPC that persons with fibromyalgia and chronic pain should be given appropriate access to all interventions for which high-quality evidence of benefit exists, as seen when these modalities are prescribed under the supervision of a qualified health care provider.