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Holistic Pain Management, An Integrated Approach
Chronic pain affects an estimated 100 million Americans and an untold number of people are affected by acute
pain.1 Important attention is being given to the rise in abuse, misuse and diversion of prescription pain medications, yet many people still receive inadequate pain assessment and
treatment.1 According to a report issued by the National Institutes of Health, 40 percent to 70 percent of people with chronic pain are not receiving proper medical
treatment.2 Proper medical treatment can include physical therapy and rehabilitation, psychological counseling, social support, medication and other complementary approaches.
When medications are necessary, there must be full recognition of potential side effects and appropriate management of the medications. Equally important, there must also be a commitment to safely use, store and dispose of such medications, if prescribed, as part of the pain management plan.
Goals of the Alliance for Balanced Pain Management (AfBPM)
* Ensure people with or affected by pain have appropriate access to integrated, effective and safe care, such as physical therapy and rehabilitation, psychological counseling, social support, medication and other complementary approaches.
* Reinforce the critical need to safely prescribe, dispense, take, store and dispose of prescription medications with an aim to reduce abuse, misuse and diversion.
* Support organizations and individuals who share a common goal to reduce pain, improve care and advocate for responsible use of medicine.
* Share tools and materials for its members to educate their constituents and the public about integrated pain management strategies and responsible use of medicine.
1 Institute of Medicine. Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press; 2011.
2 National Institutes of Health. Pathways to Prevention Workshop: The Role of Opioids in the Treatment of Chronic Pain. Draft Executive Summary. September 29-30, 2014.
Alliance for Balanced Pain Management