Webinar: A Collaborative Approach to Tackling Challenges in Chronic Pain Care
*This article was recently updated to include the latest activity within the Chronic Pain Breakthrough Collaborative*
The February 3rd and February 17th webinars for Samueli Institute’s Chronic Pain Breakthrough Collaborative touched on the many approaches for treating patients with chronic pain, using holistic medicine. With new practitioners present, the goal of Samueli Institute in the webinar, was to explain; why the chronic pain collaborative exists, our results from previous year and how interested individuals can get involved.
In a country where over 100 million people experience chronic pain and where opioid addiction has reached a massive high, the Chronic Pain Breakthrough Collaborative is getting results. In 2015, collaborative participants achieved results in reducing the amount of pain sufferers, optimizing human performance, and improving qualify of life. In the new 2016 collaborative, Samueli Institute has another responsibility for pain management education.
“Our charge is to provide guidance and advice on what works in chronic pain management.” -Bonnie Sakallaris, Vice President
During the recent webinar, a gripping question arose, bringing the purpose of the collaborative and the aspirations of those involved into focus. What is your biggest challenge regarding pain care?
With a brief moment of silence to ponder, doctors then flooded the line with responses to the standing question. Perhaps the most relevant challenges resonated with all who were present:
- Low-income patients have little or no access to integrative medical practices for chronic pain.
- Not knowing what works in pain management and what doesn’t
The solution for all of the challenges facing practitioners who deal with chronic pain patients is clear in the collaborative. Simply changing the way pain is managed in the United States will help pain practitioners write fewer prescriptions. Increasing access to integrative care, improving the integration of medical care teams and encouraging self-care, will ultimately shift the healthcare system into preferring integrative practices over the old practices that do not get the necessary results.
“Chronic pain is a complex condition that has physical, emotional, spiritual, behavioral implications. Without really addressing those significant issues, we aren’t going to solve this problem. We need a holistic approach.” -Sakallaris
The next webinar for the Chronic Pain Breakthrough Collaborative is Feb. 17th. You may RSVP here.