HHS task force calls for patient-centered pain management — 3 takeaways

An HHS task force issued a draft report calling for individualized, patient-centered pain management protocols.

Here's what you should know:

1. The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force comprises 29 members, including healthcare providers with expertise in pain management, patient advocacy, substance use disorders, mental health and minority health. The task force was formed as a result of the 2016 Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.

2. The task force recommends that providers take a multidisciplinary approach to chronic pain; a multi-modal approach to acute pain in the surgical, injury burn and trauma setting; addressing drug shortages and stigma; and improving education and access to care.

3. After a 90-day public comment period, preliminary recommendations included in the draft report will be finalized and submitted to Congress in 2019.

Click here to read the report.

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