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Evidence-Based Nonpharmacologic Strategies for Comprehensive Pain Care

The Consortium Pain Task Force White Paper

Pain care in America is in crisis. The prevalence of pain in the US is high despite costly, well-intentioned medical responses, which rely mainly on pharmaceuticals and high-tech interventions. In response, the NIH National Pain Strategy, the National Academy of Medicine, the updated pain mandate from The Joint Commission, the US Food and Drug Administration, and the American College of Physicians recommend evidence-informed, comprehensive pain care that includes evidence-based nonpharmacologic options while conceding that past strategies generally and the use of opioid medications specifically, have not remedied but rather exacerbated chronic pain, abuse, addiction, illness behavior and disability. Thirty-seven State Attorneys General have appealed to the America’s Health Insurance Plans asking them to include and incentivize evidence-based non-opioid treatments for pain.

Transforming the system of pain care to a responsive comprehensive model necessitates that options for treatment and collaborative care must be evidence-based and include effective nonpharmacologic strategies that have the advantage of reduced risks of adverse events and addiction liability.

Heather Tick, MD; Arya Nielsen, PhD; Kenneth Pelletier, MD; Robert Bonakdar, MD; Samantha Simmons, MPH; Ronald Glick, MD; Emily Ratner, MD; Russell L. Lemmon, MD; Peter Wayne, PhD; Veronica Zador, BSc; The Pain Task Force of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health*

Consortium Pain Taskforce White Paper Summary

Evidence-Based Nonpharmacologic Strategies for Comprehensive Pain Care

Heather Tick, MD; Arya Nielsen, PhD

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Suggested citation: Tick H, Nielsen A, Pelletier KR, Bonakdar R, Simmons S, Glick R, Ratner E, Lemmon, RL, Wayne PM, Zador, V. The Pain Task Force of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health. Evidence-based Nonpharmacologic Strategies for Comprehensive Pain Care. A Consortium Pain Task Force White Paper www.nonpharmpaincare.org December 15, 2017

*Authors of Pain Task Force are active members of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health

The Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health (the Consortium) is a 72 North American institutional member organization of esteemed academic medical centers and health systems whose mission is to advance evidence-based integrative medicine and health in research, curricula and sustainable models of clinical care.