PAINS Project: Chronic Pain is a Public Health Issue
Dr. Olivia Carter-Pokras, has a featured article in PAINS project highlighting the public health significance of chronic pain. Dr. Carter-Pokras also outlines her experience as an epidemiologist and health disparities researcher on the Institute of Medicine's Committe on Advancing Pain Research, Care, and Education.
"The committee was given the ambitious task to review and quantify the 'public health significance of pain,' identify barriers to appropriate pain care and strategies to reduce the barriers, identify socio-demographic groups most impacted by chronic pain, discuss how to improve training of pain researchers as well as discuss public-private partnerships to address chronic pain. All in about 6 months! Three examples of personal lessons learned from that intense learning period: our national datasets had been under-utilized to document and monitor the burden of pain, many of us had been personally impacted by chronic pain or had a loved one who had, and public health interventions were rarely considered," Dr. Carter Pokras says in the article.
Dr. Carter-Pokras has also collaborated with PAINS, the National Health Council, and other institutions on a funded study that conducted focus groups. "Funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI Engagement Contract T&D #3477), I collaborated with PAINS, the National Health Council, and three other academic institutions to conduct focus groups and a working meeting to get input from patients living with chronic pain, and chronic pain researchers, providers, and organizations regarding what should be included in cultural diversity training for patient centered outcomes researchers," Dr. Carter-Pokras says.