Pain Management Best Practices draft report toolkit

Pain Management Best Practices draft report toolkit – U.S. Pain Foundation

Comments on new federal recommendations on pain are
due April 1.

A high-ranking federal task force has released its much-anticipated draft report with recommendations for improving the management of chronic and acute pain. The public is being asked to provide feedback on the report by April 1.

In this toolkit, you’ll find information about:

  • The task force
  • The report
  • How to submit comments
  • Tips for submitting comments


The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force is an advisory group overseen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense.

Its 29 members include federal officials and pain experts from both academia and private practice, as well as one patient/patient advocate representative: Cindy Steinberg, National Director of Policy and Advocacy for U.S. Pain Foundation.

The task force’s charge is to update best practices and recommendations on pain management for the nation, including relevant federal health agencies, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

The task force outlined its recommendations in a 91-page report released on December 28, 2018. After a 90-day public comment period, the report will be finalized and submitted to Congress.

I summarized and commented on this report over the course of 3 blog posts:

About the Report

Key takeaways from the report:

  • Pain is an enormous public health problem with profound individual and societal consequences. [including work disability and suicide]
  • Successful management of pain requires individualization of care in the selection of therapies tried, in the consideration of risks and benefits of therapies, in the duration of treatment, in the optimal dosing of medication and so on.
  • Best practice in pain management is achieved through a multi-modal, multidisciplinary, integrated model of care including a full range of pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments.
  • Stigma is a major barrier to treatment, so it is critical to provide education and awareness of the underlying disease process of pain and to provide empathy and a nonjudgmental approach to treatment.
  • Public, patient, and provider education is critical to the delivery of effective, patient-centered pain management and is necessary for optimizing patient outcomes.
  • The risk-benefit balance for opioid management must be considered on an individual basis as there is wide variation in factors that affect the optimal dose of opioids.


The task force is seeking comments from the public. Feedback is vital to ensuring the report’s recommendations reflect the patient voice.

Comments are due by 5 pm EST on April 1, 2019.

Ways to submit:

  1. Submit online through the Federal eRulemaking Portal (recommended)
  2. Email to

Tips for submitting comments:

  • Explain why or why not you think the recommendations will be helpful to you as a pain patient.
  • Try to be as direct and concise as possible. The task force will be reviewing hundreds, if not thousands, of comments.
  • If you would like to include statistics or figures, consider citing the study or data.
  • If you would like to address a specific section of the report, cite the section upfront.
  • Include your name and organization in case the task force wants to follow up.

1 thought on “Pain Management Best Practices draft report toolkit

  1. peter jasz

    Pain Management Best Practices.

    Straight-forward: If you are experiencing (or have experienced) gruelling, vicious, life-defying, intractable pain (you thought was not even possible -to survive), find the pharmacological requirements and ensure you have a life-saving supply until which time that this goverment/medicine intervention indifference is unravelled -and pain patients are under the care of those that know about pain, what they’re doing -and will precribe/recommend that which offers pain relief, comfort -and hope (without fear of sanctions/ charges/ fines/ jail time).
    Hope that the current morons (both collective and individuals) who are jeopardizing (in fact ruining/ending) the lives and well-being of millions of intractable pain patients will face up/answer to such blatant Crimes Against Humanity indictments.
    There are hundreds of people (if not thousands) who have witnessed -and continue to- this chilling, blatant indifference shown to those so suffering. And of course, those so suffering themselves.

    peter jasz

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