Shifting the National Consciousness about Pain Treatment: The Critical Need for a National Public Education Campaign

Diana J Burgess, Donna Vallone, Matthew J. Bair, Marianne S. Matthias, Brent C. Taylor, Stephanie L. Taylor

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Abstract

The failure of past practices and policies related to opioid prescribing for chronic pain has led federal agencies and professional organizations to recommend multimodal approaches that prioritize evidence-based nonpharmacological pain treatments (NPTs). These multimodal approaches, which include both traditional and complementary/integrative approaches, hold great promise for reducing the burden of chronic pain and reducing opioid use. Unfortunately, NPT approaches are underutilized due to a daunting array of interrelated barriers including the public's attitudes and beliefs about chronic pain and its treatment. Given the dual crises of chronic pain and opioid use, there is a critical need for a national public health campaign on chronic pain and its treatment to help educate the American public about NPT pain management options, while countering the misleading messages promulgated by the pharmaceutical industry, including but not limited to messages promoting the broad use of prescription opioids and minimizing its risks. Despite these dual crises of chronic pain and opioid use in the U.S., there has never been a concerted effort to broadly educate the American public about these issues and NPT pain management options.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Pain
Early online dateMay 1 2021
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2021

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Keywords

  • chronic pain
  • non-pharmacological pain treatment
  • Opioids
  • public health communication

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Review

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