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Pain management awareness is growing among both patients and health care providers as the media focuses more and more attention on the issue. It is especially a hot topic for health care facilities because the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations is set to implement new standards in 2001 for the assessment and management of pain in recognition of patients’ rights.
How can professionals and consumers stay abreast of the latest information on pain control? The Dannemiller Memorial Educational Foundation, based in San Antonio, TX, has created pain.com, a comprehensive Web site devoted to pain and pain management for both professionals and pain sufferers. "Our goal is to be the Web site for pain for a health care provider or patient seeking information. They can come to our site and obtain all the information they need," says Ed Dyer, MA, information manager for the Dannemiller Foundation. The uniqueness of the site is that it is so vast, he says. (For additional Web sites that focus on pain, see resource list at end of story.)
Some of the site’s features include a library with more than 3,000 articles, case studies, and abstracts that can be searched by author, title, or key word. Thirty new articles are added each month.
A pain news column is published daily for professionals and patients. A recent news release, for example, announced that Temple University Health System in Philadelphia had successfully used a new pump called On-Q, which is a pain management system that drastically decreases postoperative discomfort by providing continuous infusion of a local anesthetic directly into a patient’s operative site.
Professionals can get 36 hours of free CME/CE credit sponsored by Abbott Laboratories on the site. Online slide lectures and videos from professional workshops and presentations keep health care providers up to date on pain management.
Interviews with experts on back pain, headache pain, or cancer pain are conducted frequently. Several pieces on the Joint Commission’s new standards on pain management were recently added to the site. "The purpose of the site is to assist in the education of the health care provider and the patient. A secondary purpose is to offer hope," says Dyer.
• Ed Dyer, MA, Information Manager, Dannemiller Memorial Educational Foundation, 12500 Network Blvd., Suite 101, San Antonio, TX 78249-3302. Telephone: (800) 328-2308 or (210) 641-8311. Fax: (210) 641-8329. World Wide Web: www.pain.com.
• American Academy of Pain Management, 13947 Mono Way #A, Sonora, CA 95370. Telephone: (209) 533-9744. Fax: (209) 533-9750. World Wide Web: www.aapainmanage.org. The purpose of the organization is to meet the challenges of multidisciplinary pain management.
• American Chronic Pain Association, P.O. Box 850, Rocklin, CA 95677-0900. Telephone: (916) 632-0922. Fax: (916) 632-3208. World Wide Web: www.theacpa.org. This association offers support and information for people with chronic pain.
• The National Foundation for the Treatment of Pain, 1330 Skyline Dr. #21, Monterey, CA 93940. Telephone: (831) 655-8812. Fax: (831) 655-2823. World Wide Web: www.paincare.org. A not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing support for patients who are suffering from pain as well as their families, friends, and the physicians who treat them.