Osteoarthritis and chronic pain: How to make an IMPACT

APhA Foundation releases report on expert panel discussion

On June 15, 2016, the APhA Foundation convened an interdisciplinary group of experts to participate in a panel discussion on osteoarthritis and chronic pain management. The group included national stakeholders whose expertise in osteoarthritis and chronic pain, organizational affiliation, or experiences would add value to the discussion.

More than 100 million people in the United States live with some form of chronic pain. Approximately 27 million Americans have osteoarthritis. Chronic pain can interfere with physical function, mobility, and emotional and social well-being. Recognizing a crucial need to help people living with chronic pain, the Foundation convened the expert panel to discuss the topic.

“Osteoarthritis and chronic pain are complex conditions that are very difficult to manage and require different levels of resources,” said APhA Foundation Senior Vice President of Research and Innovation Benjamin M. Bluml, BSPharm.

The panel made six recommendations that health professionals and health care systems can follow to make the greatest positive impact on care for patients with osteoarthritis and chronic pain. For a detailed report on the panel discussion, see the white paper at www.APhAFoundation.org/osteoarthritis-and-chronic-pain. Following is a brief summary of the panel’s IMPACT recommendations.

  • Improve the climate surrounding pain management
  • Maximize access to care
  • Provide support for caregivers
  • Advocate for sustainable system changes
  • Collaborate and coordinate team-based care
  • Tailor the care plan to meet the needs of the individual  


Visit www.pharmacytoday.org for the full article in the upcoming December 2016 issue of Pharmacy Today.

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