Paice added that the Clinical Centers of Excellence Awards also support the ongoing advocacy mission of APS for multidisciplinary pain care. "The awards honor pain care teams for delivering optimal and exemplary care for those with myriad chronic-pain disorders, post-surgical pain, trauma-induced pain and pain from cancer and other life-threatening conditions," Paice added.
A recurring quality of leading pain programs, according to Paice, is
success in helping patients enhance overall function and quality of life.
"Combining cognitive-behavioral and physical therapies with medications and
other approaches is the major advantage of the multidisciplinary approach.
We treat the whole person, not just the pain. The award recipients and
other centers are proving every day that integrated, multidisciplinary pain
care yields the best long-term outcomes -- medically, psychologically and
socially," she said.
Among the achievements of CCOE recipients recognized by APS, include:
-- Creation and maintenance of a huge pain patient data base, derived from
client surveys, which allows doctors to follow the progress of
individual patients or groups over time. The database was instrumental
in landing a $10 million grant to build a palliative care facility.
(Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center)
-- A strong mix of medical and behavioral care and physical rehabilitation
services to help children with chronic pain go back to school and
resume their lives. (Oregon Health & Science University)
-- The nation's leading pain program focused on occupation health with an
85-90 percent success rate from aggressive physical rehabilitation that
enables patients to go back to work. (PRIDE)
-- An strong emphasis on translational research in which outcomes achieved
in treating t
|SOURCE American Pain Society|
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