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National Pain Foundation


									 The National Pain
Awareness Campaign

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     National Pain Awareness Campaign
                      founded by

 The National Pain Foundation

 American Academy of Pain Medicine

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        National Pain Foundation
The National Pain Foundation (NPF) is a non-
profit organization founded to advance
functional recovery of pain patients through
information and education. The NPF is built on
the belief that proper treatment of pain
conditions at any stage can positively change
the direction of a person’s life.

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               American Academy
                of Pain Medicine
The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) is a
not-for-profit educational organization for physicians
practicing the specialty of Pain Medicine in the
United States. Since its founding in 1983, the AAPM
has evolved as the primary organization for U.S.
physicians specializing in pain medicine.

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     Chances are, you know someone in pain

 50 million Americans are partially or totally disabled
  by chronic pain
 Nine out of ten Americans (aged 18 and older) suffer
  from pain at least once a month
 26 million Americans (15%) have severe pain
 50% of Americans (aged 65 and older) suffer from
  pain on a daily basis
 Sources:   The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)
            Gallup Survey June 1999

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                  Chronic pain has many faces
Other than cancer pain, doctors report treating patients
for chronic pain associated with the following conditions
       - Lower back pain (75%)
       - Osteoarthritis (40%)
       - Headaches (26%)
       - Migraines (26%)
       - Fibromyalgia (12%)

       Sources:   1999 National Pain Survey
                  © Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical 2002

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                       Components of chronic pain
Many people who suffer from chronic pain experience
two aspects of pain:
   •Persistent pain – pain that lasts 12 or more hours each
        day 1
    •Breakthrough pain – flare of pain that “breaks
        through” the medicine taken around-the-clock, which
        typically peaks in as little as 3 minutes and may last up
        to 30 minutes 2,3
 1. Labcevic JS. Pain management: medical and legal issues of undertreatment. In Weiner RS (Ed.), Pain
    Management: a practical guide for clinicians. Sixth edition. CRC Press LLC. 2002: 915-933.
 2. Lobb J. Understanding Breakthrough Pain. National Pain Foundation Website. 2003. Available at:
 3. Portenoy, RK, Hagen NA. Breakthrough pain: definition, prevalence and characteristics. Pain. 1990; 41:

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                  Pain impacts quality of life

 43% of adults (83 million) report pain frequently
  affects their participation in life’s activities
 55% of senior citizens report suffering from pain
  on a daily basis
 Senior citizens report that severe or moderate pain
  often lasts over two years
  Sources:   Gallup Survey June 1999
             2002 NPF Telephone Survey

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             Pain has economic implications

 In 1995 pain caused 50 million lost work days at a
  cost of more than $3 billion in lost wages

 8% of the workforce claimed short term disability
  due to pain (average of 17 days)

  Note: Short term disability starts after sick days are depleted,
        indicating significant lost work time.

  Sources:   1996 Survey by Louis Harris & Associates
             © Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical 2002

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Strengthening the doctor-patient relationship

 Pain accounts for 80% of all physician visits

 64% of pain sufferers will see a doctor only when
  they cannot stand the pain any longer

 42% of people who visit their doctor for pain feel
  misunderstood by their physician
 Sources:   Gallup Survey June 1999
            1996 Survey by Gatchel & Turk, Psychological Approaches to Pain Management

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Strengthening the doctor-patient relationship
 22% of chronic pain patients have changed doctors
  (at least 3 times) in their search for pain relief
 The primary reasons why chronic pain patients
  change physicians are: the doctor’s
   - attitude toward their pain
   - knowledge about pain
   - ability to treat pain

    Source:   Chronic Pain in America: Roadblocks to Relief
              Conducted by: Roper Starch Worldwide Inc. January 1999

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        Chronic pain patients and physicians
             deserve better resources

 National Pain Foundation

 American Academy of Pain Medicine

Information for you and your patients right at your fingertips
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The NPF Web site

Provides the
highest quality
and most
pain education
available today.

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             NPF Web site features
• My Pain – personal journal, pain inventory
• My Education – pain information, treatment
  - Headaches/Migraines      - Pediatric Pain
  - Back and Neck            - Arthritis
  - Cancer                   - CRPS

 My Support – books, videos and links to many
  pain organizations
 My Community – patient’s stories, interactive
  discussions for support

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The AAPM Web site

information tools for
physicians and
patients, and a
searchable pain
physician list by
name, city, state or
zip code.


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                   AAPM Facts
 AAPM is the only pain organization with
  representation in the AMA House of Delegates
 AAPM members represent numerous specialties,
  including anesthesiology, internal medicine,
  neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery,
  physiatry and psychiatry

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        American Board of Pain Medicine
The American Board of Pain Medicine (ABPM) is
committed to the certification of qualified physicians in
the field of Pain Medicine.
 1,500 pain medicine physicians are board certified
 provides information regarding
  improvements to quality in pain medicine

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              How can I get involved

 Become a Pain Ambassador for National Pain Awareness.
  Sign up at
 Participate in programs that improve outcomes for pain
 Utilize multi-disciplinary pain management groups
 Educate other health care providers about resources that
  help manage pain

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           How people in pain can help
 Educate yourself about available resources at
 Access professionals specializing in pain therapies at
 Participate in pain research and clinical studies
 Take charge of your treatment and participate in a multi-
  disciplinary program to manage your pain
 Write letters to legislators regarding roadblocks to effective
  pain management

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      Our mission is clear!

Increase pain awareness

   We appreciate your interest!

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