Oversight Panel 

Member Roster
Update Presentation - 02/04/14 (PDF, 462 KB)
The IPRCC has developed a framework to address the IOM recommendation 2.2. To ensure the development of a progressive, integrated strategy with practical goals, the IPRCC plans to establish an Oversight Panel to coordinate and integrate the efforts of six focused working groups. The working groups will be structured to address the objectives outlined in the IOM report that relate to recommendation 2.2. These groups and the problems they will address are described below.
 

Names of the 6 NPS working groups arranged in shape of overlapping flower petals

Working Groups

Professional Education and Training 

The problem

Curricula for health care professionals lack adequate materials on pain prevention and treatment. Despite the significant responsibility that health care professionals have for pain patients, many health professionals, especially physicians, are inadequately prepared and require greater knowledge and skills to contribute to the cultural transformation in the perception and treatment of people with pain.
Update Presentation - 02/04/14 (PDF, 116 KB)

Objective 1

Develop, promulgate, and update core competencies for pain care education, licensure and certification at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Objective 2

Develop a pain education portal that contains a comprehensive set of materials to enhance curricula.

Member Roster | Implementation Updates 


Public Education and Communication 

The problem

Education is a central part of the necessary cultural transformation of the approach to pain. High quality, evidence based education programs for people with pain and the public that are designed to promote a transformation in their expectations, beliefs, and understanding about pain, its consequences, its management, and its prevention are needed to make the transformation.
Update Presentation - 02/04/14 (PDF, 77 KB)

Objective 1

Develop and implement a public awareness campaign about the impact of chronic pain to counter stigma and misperceptions.

Objective 2
Develop and implement an educational campaign encouraging safer medication use, especially opioid use for patients with pain.

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Disparities

The problem

Cultural perspectives influence reports of pain in general and within specific racial/ethnic groups. Available data substantiate under-treatment and inappropriate treatment of pain among racial and ethnic minorities, those with mental health problems, and those perceived as inappropriately seeking drug prescriptions, for a wide range of settings, illness, or injury. These disparities also are seen for women versus men and in different socio-economic strata.
Update Presentation - 02/04/14 (PDF, 93 KB)

Objective 1

Reduce bias and its impact on care.

Objective 2

Improve access to high-quality care for vulnerable groups.

Objective 3

Facilitate communication among patients and providers.

Objective 4

Enhance data on the impact of pain on high risk population groups, their access to care, and costs of disparities in pain care.

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Prevention and Care 

The problem

People's experience with pain touches the entire health care system and many aspects of life. Only a cultural transformation could increase substantially the accessibility and quality of pain care. Cultural perspectives influence reports of pain in general and within specific racial/ethnic groups. Available data substantiate under-treatment and inappropriate treatment of pain among racial and ethnic minorities, those with mental health problems, and those perceived as inappropriately seeking drug prescriptions, for a wide range of settings, illness, or injury. These disparities also are seen for women versus men and in different socio-economic strata.
Update Presentation - 02/04/14 (PDF, 93 KB)

Objective 1

Characterize the benefits and costs of current prevention and treatment approaches

Objective 2

Develop nation-wide pain self-management programs.

Objective 3

Develop standardized, consistent, and comprehensive pain assessments and outcome measures across the continuum of pain.

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Services and Payment

The problem

Public health entities have a role in pain care and prevention because of the high utilization of publicly funded service delivery programs (e.g. community service programs, public housing, rural and migrant health centers, services for the homeless, the IHS, and the Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems Program). Aside from its role in direct service delivery, the public health establishment reimburses for care in nonpublic settings, including hospitals, doctors' offices, and pharmacies.
Update Presentation - 02/04/14 (PDF, 62 KB)

Objective 1

Define and evaluate integrated, multimodal, and interdisciplinary pain care.

Objective 2

Enhance evidence for care.

Objective 3

Incentivize payments for quality care based on a biopsychosocial model of pain: integrated, cost-effective, and comprehensive.

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Population Research 

The problem

Improvements in state and national data are needed to (1) monitor changes in the incidence and prevalence of acute and chronic pain; (2) document rates of treatment or under-treatment of pain and restrictions to treatment options; (3) assess the health and societal consequences of pain; and (4) evaluate the impact of related changes in public policy, payment, and care.
Update Presentation - 02/04/14 (PDF, 49 KB)

Objective 1

Estimate the prevalence of chronic pain and high-impact chronic pain.

Objective 2

Refine and employ standardized electronic health care data methods to determine use and costs of care.

Objective 3

Develop a system of metrics to track changes in prevalence, impact, treatment, and costs.

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