June 4, 2019

HHS releases final report on pain management

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor’s Note

The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task force, a Health and Human Services (HHA) federal advisory committee on May 30 released its final report.

The report calls for a balanced, individualized, patient-centered approach to pain management and underscores the need to address stigma, risk assessment, access to care, and education.

The report also highlights five pain treatment categories:

  • medications
  • restorative therapies
  • interventional procedures
  • behavioral health approaches
  • complimentary and integrative health approaches.

The report is a roadmap that is desperately needed to treat the nation’s pain crisis, HHS says.

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