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- New Survey Reveals Big Challenge For Patients Suffering From Opioid-Induced Constipation; Medications Often Don’t Work Quickly Enough To Relieve Symptoms
- U.S. Pain Foundation takes lead on national Pain Awareness Month effort
- Despite opposition, CMS to replace pain questions on major survey
U.S. Pain Foundation and Salix Pharmaceuticals Collaborate to Bring Awareness to ‘Painstipation’
BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Sept. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The 100 million Americans living with chronic pain face challenges every day due to their conditions, but they also battle debilitating side effects of their pain medication, including opioid-induced constipation (OIC), for an unnecessary length of time.1 According to a new national survey conducted by Salix Pharmaceuticals (Salix), a wholly owned subsidiary of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc., in partnership with the U.S. Pain Foundation, more than half (51 percent) of chronic pain patients have been suffering from OIC for three years or longer and most patients (73 percent) agree that one of the biggest challenges of having OIC is that medications don’t work quickly enough to relieve pain associated with OIC. In fact, 53 percent of patients say they want OIC relief in under four hours.[...]
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (Aug. 30, 2017)—Chronic pain affects more than 100 million Americans. It’s the number one reason someone goes to the doctor. It’s also the leading cause of disability. And yet chronic pain often goes ignored and undertreated. In the wake of the opioid crisis especially, people living with chronic pain feel stigmatized and misunderstood.
U.S. Pain Foundation, the leading chronic pain advocacy organization in the country, aims to change that. In September, the nonprofit is spearheading efforts for Pain Awareness Month, a national campaign to increase awareness about chronic pain.[...]
Despite opposition from groups like the U.S. Pain Foundation, beginning in January 2018, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will change the pain management questions on patient hospital satisfaction surveys from how well staff did controlling patients’ pain to how often they “talked” to patients about their pain. The Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, known as the HCAHPS survey, is a high-profile, publicly reported measure that allows consumers to compare the quality of care between different hospitals. Survey results are also used to determine a portion of hospital reimbursement rates.[...]
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