In medical news:

The National Institutes of Health and the Institute of Medicine, combined with the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC), has released a draft of a “National Pain Strategy” as part of an initiative created under the Affordable Care Act to bring attention to chronic pain as a “public health crisis.” Unlike other studies in the realm of pain management, the IPRCC strategy calls for a change in the perception of chronic pain and advocates for a biopsychosocial model of pain control at the population level. The report also identifies research gaps related to long-term opioid use and other problems, while emphasizing the need for patient’s to become more involved in their own care. The IPRCC is comprised of representation from the FDA, the NIH, the CDC, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Read further coverage from MedPage Today here. Read the draft of the National Pain Strategy here.

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