Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Stigma Around Aging And Chronic Pain

The resulting care gap is serious enough that the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently declared that we need a "transformation in how pain is perceived and judged both by people with pain and by the health care providers who help care for them."

Far from dismissing persistent pain as imagined, exaggerated or inevitable, the IOM report endorses the emerging view that, "because of the physiological and psychological changes that occur in people with chronic pain ... in many cases, chronic pain is a disease in its own right."

The International Association for the Study of Pain agrees, and last year declared access to pain management "a fundamental human right,"

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