Having the right resources can help foster productive dialogue with people affected by pain and support responsible pain management. Find tools here to help grow your understanding of the evolving pain care landscape and to share with your patients. Please register and follow us on Facebook to be notified when new information and resources become available.
Pain management experts address complexities of treating pain and the issue of prescription drug abuse.
Jeffrey A. Gudin, MD
Charles E. Argoff, MD
Michael J. Brennan, MD
Charles E. Argoff, MD
Michael J. Brennan, MD
Joseph P Valenza, MD
Gregory L Holmquist, PharmD
Joseph P Valenza, MD, Gregory L Holmquist, PharmD, Jeffrey A. Gudin, MD, Charles E. Argoff, MD, and Michael J. Brennan, MD, have been compensated for their work on Pain Matters.
Short videos exploring responsible opioid use, individual patient stories, and the evolving science of abuse-deterrent technology.
Watch short clips from the documentary to see first-hand the impact of chronic pain.
Watch an introductory video about PainMatters.com.
A simulation by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion to demonstrate best practices in safe opioid use.
This video provides an overview of the evolving science of abuse deterrence technology.
This video from the American Chronic Pain Association discusses how to use NSAIDs safely and effectively.
Diagnostic tools to support your pain assessment process.
Assess the severity of a person’s pain to align on a pain management plan.
This tool supports recognizing, diagnosing, and managing chronic pain.
A tool to assess the impact of pain on daily life provided by the American Chronic Pain Association.
Measure pain numerically through these scales provided by the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
Track daily pain with this log from MD Anderson.
Using faces to describe pain intensity, this tool provides a more visual approach to pain assessment.
Measure and track pain over time with this pain log from the American Chronic Pain Association.
Track how pain is affecting daily activities with this chart from the American Chronic Pain Association.
Identify back pain symptoms with this interactive map from the American Chronic Pain Association.
Identify head pain symptoms with this interactive map from the American Chronic Pain Association.
This form from the American Chronic Pain Association reminds patients of important follow-up activities.
Resources to support dialogue around responsible pain management and mitigate the risk of opioid abuse.
This discussion guide is provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA).
Join the pain community as we reimagine the exam room experience and a more open dialogue. Be the voice that inspires change.
An objective guide to identify patients for whom prescription opioid medications may be appropriate.
A report on using our knowledge of substance misuse to address the issue and related consequences.
A guideline for prescribing opioids and improving communication between providers and patients.
The app puts the entire CDC guideline, tools, and resources into the hands of providers.
This tool allows the user to see opioid claims at the local level and better understand how this issue impacts communities.
Prescriber-patient treatment agreements can be customized to your practice and the laws in your state including:
This tool can help facilitate exam room conversations about drinking and drug use.
This checklist can help assess behaviors that may indicate an increased risk for abuse or misuse.
Start a conversation about opioid misuse and abuse with this toolkit from Parents 360.
Resources outlining responsible use, storage and disposal guidelines for opioid medications.
The US Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration provide guidance on the disposal of opioid medications.
Taking opioids responsibly from the US Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense. Eight Opioid Safety Principles for Patients and Caregivers from the American Academy of Pain Medicine.
The American Academy of Pain Medicine offers eight safety practices for providers and patients.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain.
The State Pain Policy Advocacy Network (SPPAN) tracks pain policy at the federal and state level.
Connect with professional pain care associations and find upcoming medical meetings.
Keep track of professional meetings and events throughout 2016.
Find FDA guidance, recent publications, and insights from pain community experts.
FDA 2015 guidance to guide the evaluation and labeling of opioid drug products with potential abuse deterrent properties.
Download FDA resources on preventing the misuse of prescription pain relievers.
Hear insights and perspectives into today’s complex pain management landscape from members of the pain community.
Hosted by Paul Christo, MD., this weekly radio show on SiriusXM Family Talk 131, provides information on pain management.