The TMJA joined consumers, health professionals, advocates, and media on June 29 in Washington D.C. for the Institute of Medicine (IOM) press conference and the release of the executive summary and full report, Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education and Research. This event attracted considerable media attention to the 116 million Americans who experience chronic painful conditions, and its high economic toll, costing the nation up to $635 billion annually. AP, CNN, Reuters, Time, US News & World Report and many others covered this story.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 called for the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science to explore the public health significance of pain in the United States. The IOM report spells out the IOM committee's recommendations for improving pain care.
Terrie Cowley, President of the TMJA, provided testimony and answered questions from IOM committee members for 45 minutes at the first of several public meetings held around the country to hear what the public had to say about pain research, treatment and care. The TMJA is pleased that Terrie was quoted four times in the IOM report− listed as a patient advocate.
Following the IOM event, the Chronic Pain Research Alliance (CPRA) held a press conference that included a statement from 32 organizations (including the TMJA). CPRA members called upon the IOM to "seize this historic opportunity" to help the millions of afflicted American women suffering from prevalent, and all too often neglected chronic pain disorders.
In a letter thanking the IOM committee for their work, the TMJA along with fellow CPRA members, stated their recommendations laid out a clear path toward improvements in pain research, care, education and treatment with the potential of relieving the pain of TMJ patients and the millions of other Americans living with chronic pain.
The CPRA updated its 2010 white paper for this occasion. We invite you to read it.
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