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Title of Collaborative Activity:

2014 National Pain Strategy Task Force

Description of Collaborative Activity:

A mandate to the IPRCC was to develop a National Pain Strategy for which a Task Force was established. In 2010, in response to a congressional mandate, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) contracted with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to undertake a study and make recommendations “to increase the recognition of pain as a significant public health problem in the United States.” The Institute’s 2011 report called for a cultural transformation in pain prevention, care, education, and research and recommended development of “a comprehensive population health-level strategy” to address these issues. The Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services (HHS) asked the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC) to oversee creation of this resultant National Pain Strategy. Guided and coordinated by an oversight panel, expert working groups explored six important areas of need identified in the IOM recommendations—population research, prevention and care, disparities, service delivery and reimbursement, professional education and training, and public awareness and communication. The Working Groups comprised people from a broad array of relevant public and private organizations, including health care providers, insurers, and people with pain and their advocates.

Type of Collaborative Activity:

Committee, Advisory Group, or Work Group

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