Recognizing that the burden of chronic pain is greater than that of
diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined, a national panel of pain
experts will release a new report on Wednesday, November 4, describing
the scope of an epidemic of undertreated and mismanaged chronic pain
affecting more than 70 million Americans. The panel will release nine
recommendations for government agencies, Congress and the medical community
to address the current inefficiencies in pain care and treatment.
This teleconference briefing will release the report, A Call to
Revolutionize Chronic Pain Care in America: An Opportunity in Health
Care Reform. The report calls for major medical school and health
system reforms. It also spotlights the inequities of pain care that
disproportionately affect minorities and low-income individuals. Co-Chairs
from the panel will discuss their recommendations, and a patient will
share their pain story.
The Mayday Fund Special Committee on Pain and the Practice of Medicine
will also launch a new website allowing other stakeholders to sign on
in support of the recommendations. The report and sign-on page will
be available at http://www.MaydayPainReport.org
at 11 AM EST on Wednesday, November 4.
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by Monday, November 2, 2009.