Pain effects virtually all of us at some time in our lives and crosses into any condition, eroding the human condition and quality of life. Interestingly, the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act REQUIRED the Department of Health and Human Services to engage the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to take a look at pain as a public health problem.
The result of this endeavor is an outstanding new report ($51 dollars prepublication copy fromwww.iom.edu--search reports for Relieving Pain in America A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education and Research). Care parts of this report seek nothing less than to
- Foster a Cultural Transformation
- View Pain as a Public Health Challenge
- Care for People with Pain in Various ways
Putting the pieces of this bold new report into practice could become a model for transforming healthcare and easing a most common problem in the human condition.