A new program to help people manage pain by using a combination of traditional methods mixed with new coaching and education has been established at UF Health Jacksonville. The new initiative is a collaboration between emergency medicine providers and a grant from the Florida Department of Health.
For those battling pain, the first instinct may be to open the medicine cabinet or ask for a prescription to find relief. For many living with pain, the use of medication alone is not always the best solution. Recent estimates indicate chronic pain affects 50 million adults in the U.S. and this does not take into account cases that are acute in nature based on injuries commonly seen in the emergency room.
Retail pharmacies and stores are not always easy to navigate due to dozens of products on the shelf marketed for pain relief. Amid the opioid epidemic in the U.S., many patients and providers are also searching for non-medication pain management options with fewer side effects and risk for addiction. Where do you turn when you are flooded with options and the need to return to work or activities of daily living?
The Pain Assessment and Management Initiative Pain and Opioid Stewardship Education program, or PAMI POST-Ed, was established through a 2020 Overdose Data to Action award to develop and implement a novel pain coaching and education model. Launched in January, it is the first known pain coaching program implemented in a U.S. emergency room.Learn more about New Model To Help Patients Holistically Manage Pain Established at UF Health Jacksonville.