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Featured Stories | Communicating About Pain

According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report, approximately 100 million adults in the United States suffer from common chronic pain conditions.1

Chronic pain is a complex medical condition that can be difficult to diagnose and equally challenging to treat. Because each person's pain is unique with different underlying causes, effective communication is crucial to achieving proper pain management. Yet many patients and their healthcare professionals encounter barriers that interfere with open and honest dialogue. Difficulty finding the right words to describe pain and limited time during medical appointments are just two of the barriers facing many chronic pain sufferers.

As an advocate to help educate people who are experiencing chronic pain, Partners Against Pain® is presenting A Hands On Approach for Pain Management. The goal of the program is to enable those living with chronic pain and healthcare professionals to better communicate with each other.

Understanding how important communication is to establishing a trusted partnership with your healthcare professional is the foundation upon which the program is built.


  1. Institute of Medicine Report from the Committee on Advancing Pain Research, Care, and Education: Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education and Research. The National Academies Press, 2011. http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=13172&page=19. Accessed March 11, 2013.

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