1. Elevate postoperative pain management as a priority concern.
The report calls on the health care community to recognize the extent
of postoperative pain and the impact of inadequate treatment, which is
the first step in increasing the resources for research funding,
education and the development of new therapeutic options.
2. Expand efforts to educate surgical patients about their rights to
effective pain management.
Because inadequate education of patients regarding postoperative pain
is one of the factors leading to under treatment, the report calls on
hospitals to utilize existing tools, such as the Patient Care
Partnership: Understanding Expectations, Rights and
Responsibilities(1), a document that incorporates the Patients Bill of
Rights into plain language for patients and caregivers, to become
better advocates for their patients. The report also calls on
advocates to raise patient expectations about what is possible
regarding treating postoperative pain.
3. Pass the National Pain Care Policy Act of 2007 during the 110th
session of Congress.
Introduced in July 2007 (H.R.1283/S.626), this bill would provide
federal research funds to advance clinical and basic research on pain
and its management.
4. Double th
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