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Panel Cites Need for Individualized, Patient-centered Approach to Treat and Monitor Chronic Pain

An independent panel convened by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that individualized, patient-centered care is the best way to treat and monitor the estimated 100 million Americans living with chronic pain. To date, people living with chronic pain have generally been lumped into a single group, and the treatment approaches have followed in a similar fashion. However, there is little evidence to support this practice. Since every chronic pain patient is different, their treatment requires an individualized, multifaceted approach. To achieve this aim, the panel recommends more research and development around the evidence-based, multidisciplinary approaches needed to balance patient perspectives, desired outcomes, and safety. To read the NIH article in its entirety, click here.