Thursday, June 23, 2011

Women's Pain issues

I ran across another article today that I feel impelled to pass on to people to read. Especially my women friends who are pain sufferers like me. I received an email today from Research1st a group under the CFIDS Association regarding the release of a new chronic pain study by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) that will be released on June 29, 2011. At the request of Congress and HHS, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) is addressing the current state of the science with respect to pain research, care, and education. The IOM has focused specifically on, “identifying demographic groups and special populations, including older adults, individuals with co-morbidities, and cognitive impairment, that may be disparately undertreated for pain, and discuss related research needs, barriers particularly associated with these demographic groups, and opportunities to reduce such barriers.”

Evidently pain in the female population has reached such proportions that the IOM and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are receiving federal funding to do research on the issue. In particular chronic pain issues in women! Yay God!!! About time. One page 13 (appropriate page number) they have a figure/schematic regarding “The Perfect Storm of Women’s Pain Policy” –How discrimination impacts women with chronic pain.
I think any woman with chronic pain could have saved the government a ton of money (if they would have listened to us lowly women) regarding the discrimination in pain management.

This is a worthwhile read! I enjoyed it! I am now looking forward to the new report coming out on June 29th!!!

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