How the CPC Can Help Meet the Objectives of the National Pain Strategy

Poised to meet the objectives of the 2015 draft of the National Pain Strategy (NPS) developed by the National Institutes of Health, the Community Pain Center (CPC) can help create the integrative, multimodal, patient-centric model of health care delivery that is envisioned. The NPS is the long-awaited response by the federal government to the 2011 Institute of Medicine Report, Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research, which called for “a comprehensive, population health-level strategy for pain prevention, treatment, management, education, reimbursement, and research that includes specific goals, actions, timeframes, and resources.”

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Six sets of objectives … and … how the CPC will be able to assist the health care system in
meeting those objectives.
  • Population research: Through HIPAA-compliant self-management programs, surveys and trackers, participants are part of a “living laboratory” as they volunteer health information to contribute to scientific research. The CPC is a direct line to a large and diverse group of chronic pain patients who are eager to share their experience.
  • Prevention and care: The CPC’s focus on self-management includes using tools and resources that can help prevent, reduce and cope with pain. Research has shown improved health outcomes for patients using online self-management programs to treat chronic pain conditions.
  • Disparities: CPC articles, videos, forums, and many other resources are free, so anyone can benefit from these tools. The site has something for everyone: individuals, caregivers, medical professionals, nonprofit organizations (NPOs) and industry. A unified effort among these groups can improve the pain care model to reach the under-served patient population.
  • Service delivery and reimbursement: The CPC is designed to assist patients, caregivers and health care providers in creating personalized care plans. This patient-centric approach is evidence-based, integrative, interdisciplinary and multimodal in nature, and utilizes technology intended for time and cost savings, improved access to care, and better health outcomes.
  • Professional education and training: In partnership with NPOs and medical educators, the CPC will create continuing medical education programs to be administered in person or through an online portal. The CPC will also assist in the adoption of better pain education in medical school curricula. Additionally, CPC advocacy efforts, incorporating patient leaders and NPOs, will be a strong voice requesting NIH funding for more pain research.
  • Public education and communication: In order to raise awareness and help reduce the stigma associated with chronic pain, the CPC is active in educating the public through evidence-based information, as well as individual experiences, in order to inspire compassion for those with chronic pain. The CPC is also involved in promoting the safe use of prescription medications and is working with its partners to develop tools and resources for this purpose.