A call for cultural transformation of attitudes toward pain and its prevention and management

J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother. 2011;25(4):365-9. doi: 10.3109/15360288.2011.621516.


Every year, at least 116 million adult Americans experience chronic pain, a condition that costs the nation between $560 billion and $635 billion annually. The Institute of Medicine appointed a Committee on Advancing Pain Research, Care, and Education. The need for and process by which the committee developed the extensive report are described. The report, which calls for a national transformation in attitudes toward pain, and its prevention and management, is summarized.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Health Education
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, U.S., Health and Medicine Division
  • National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
  • Pain / prevention & control*
  • Pain / psychology*
  • Pain Management
  • United States