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The Role of Nonpharmacological Approaches to Pain Management: A Workshop

December 4, 2018 - December 5, 2018

Pain is a leading cause of disability in the United States. Given the complexity and biobehavioral nature of pain, the 2011 Institute of Medicine report on Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research advocated for multifaceted approaches for pain management comprised of both pharmacological and nonpharmacological therapies. In 2017, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s report Pain Management and the Opioid Epidemic: Balancing Societal and Individual Benefits and Risks of Prescription Opioid Use reviewed the status of available evidence on nonpharmacological therapies for managing chronic pain.

As a result of this national push toward the use of nonpharmacological therapies for chronic pain, increased health professionals’ education and training will be needed to encourage the adoption and appropriate use of the evidence- based approaches. In addition, addressing policy barriers, such as those related to reimbursement for these treatments will be important to enable broader use and dissemination. Given the changing landscape for pain management, the Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders and the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education will bring together key stakeholders to discuss these treatments and integrative health models for pain management.