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Relieving Pain in America: How you can help to improve care

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TIME: 9:00 am PST/12:00 pm EST

Host Jan Chambers, president and founder of the NFMCPA, will be chatting with special guest, Myra Christopher, Director of Pain Action Alliance Initiative: A National Strategy (PAAINS) and the Kathleen M. Foley Chair for the Center for Practical Bioethics.

The IOM Report was published in June of 2011, like so many before it.  What makes this Report distinct?  Why are organizations and stake holders working collaboratively to advance this report?  How is it interrelated to the Affordable Healthcare Act?  Why does this particular IOM Report matter to every person in America?

Christopher will be discussing her role as a member of the Pain Study Committee at the Institutes of Medicine focused on the undertreatment of pain which produced the IOM report, “Relieving Pain In American: A Blueprint for Transformation in Prevention, Care, Education and Research.” The historic report was submitted to Congress this past June.

Chambers is also the Co-Director for the Pain Care Forum IOM Task Force.

Christopher will talk about some of her personal insights on why the IOM Report on “Relieving Pain in America” was created and how the committee created this report.  She will also discuss her reflections about working with the Committee and what can be accomplished with this valuable IOM Report.  

“Guiding patients to advocate for themselves and the fibromyalgia community both on local and national levels is one of the top priorities of the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association for 2012,” said Jan Chambers, “So, I’m looking forward to this important discussion with Myra to help our community learn how we can be the most effective at helping advance the expectations of our policy and decision makers to act responsively to the IOM Report.”

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