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Effective Pain Management Requires an Interdisciplinary Approach
Date:9/26/2007

Clinicians from a variety of disciplines to gather at the American Academy of Pain Management's 18th Annual Meeting to discuss the undertreatment of

pain and discover ways to treat pain

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pain is the number one public health problem in the U.S., affecting an estimated 76.5 million Americans according to the National Center for Health Statistics. The number of people living with pain is greater than those with diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, and cancer combined. (American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society). Most pain is untreated or undertreated, particularly among African Americans, Hispanics, women, and the elderly.

Consider these facts:

-- The annual cost of chronic pain in the U.S., including healthcare, lost

income, and lost productivity, is estimated to be $100 billion.

(National Institutes of Health)

-- Low back pain is the most common type of pain followed by severe

headache or migraine pain, neck pain, and facial ache or pain.

(National Institute of Health Statistics)

-- African Americans and Hispanics are affected by racial profiling for

diversion and undertreatment by some physicians. (National Center for

Health Statistics)

-- Women seek help for pain more frequently than men, but are less likely

to receive treatment. (National Center for Health Statistics)

-- A Johns Hopkins study of adults with nonmalignant pain (42% back pain)

who were consecutively referred to a tertiary care pain center shows

nineteen-percent reported current passive suicidal ideation, 13% had

active thoughts of committing suicide, 5% had a current suicide plan,

and 5% reported a previous suicide attempts.

The American Academy of Pain Management (the Academy), the only professional organization dedicated to educating
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