When it comes to pain, providers and patients do not see eye to eye. An online survey conducted by the newly formed Let’s Talk Pain Coalition—the American Academy of Pain Management, the American Society for Pain Management Nursing, the American Pain Foundation and PriCara—presented major discrepancies between the two groups. Of the 500 pain patients surveyed online, 46% said that their doctors did not have enough time to discuss their pain. However, a whopping 97% of the 275 physicians surveyed strongly agreed that there was more than enough time to talk pain with patients. In contrast, 60% of patients strongly agreed that they could be open and honest with their physicians, while less than 10% of the doctors said that patients tell them the truth about their pain.
The new coalition has launched an interactive Web site to address some of these issues. It claims that it is the first of its kind to bring together the views of the different groups, encouraging them to talk about pain, actively listen and act to improve care. Videos of pain patients, interactive Q&A sessions with pain experts, a clearinghouse of information and a news section are all found on the new Web site.
“Pain is one of the nation’s leading public health problems, and it often goes under-treated,” said Dr. Scott Fishman, chair and president of the American Pain Foundation. He is chief of the Division of Pain Medicine and professor of anesthesiology at the University of California at Davis. “This coalition is exciting because it aims to help professionals and patients communicate better in order to help improve pain management.”
Find out more about the Let’s Talk Pain Coalition Web site.