1: Adults and Chronic Pain (REQUIRED)
According to your readings over 86 million Americans are disabled to some degree due to chronic pain. In fact, treatment for pain is the number one reason individuals visit healthcare providers.Therefore, it can be assumed that you will encounter an individual with chronic pain, either as a primary or secondary condition, in your life care planning practice. The following web resources will provide you with additional information about chronic pain. These interesting sites should be bookmarked for future reference.
- Visit: American Academy of Pain Management at: http://www.aapainmanage.org
The American Academy of Pain Management is the largest pain management organization in the United States. At their website, you can find a pain professional, access journals including The Pain Practitioner (which is published quarterly by the Academy), and find Academy Accredited pain clinics.
- Visit: The American Academy of Pain Medicine at- http://www.painmed.org/
At the American Academy of Pain Management’s website, you can find a list of useful Internet resources. The site also has information related to their publications and products.
- Visit: American Chronic Pain Association at- http://www.theacpa.org/
At this site, you can find links to several resources that will be useful to you in your life care planning practice. You can also find additional information for clients about the management of chronic pain.
- Visit: American Pain Society: http://www.ampainsoc.org/
The American Pain Society was founded in 1977. The Society seeks to increase the knowledge of pain and facilitate changes in public policy and clinical practice in order to decrease pain related suffering. At their website, you can access treatment guidelines, information about The Journal of Pain, and guides for individuals with pain.
- Visit: The National Foundation for the Treatment of Pain: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/find_people/voluntary_orgs/volorg711.htm
The National Foundation for the Treatment of Pain is a non-profit organization that is committed to providing information and support to individuals with chronic pain. At this website, you can find additional information about pain management, treatment, and advocacy. Links to several resources are provided.
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS Chronic Pain Information Page): http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/chronic_pain/chron ic_pain.htm
2: Children and Chronic Pain (REQUIRED)
As you learned in your Pediatric Life Care Planning and Case Management book, chronic pain is a significant problem for children and adolescents. The following web resources are intended to give you additional information related to the management of children and adolescents with chronic pain.
Part 1- Pediatric and Adolescent Chronic Pain Clinics:
There are several chronic pain clinics in the United States that are devoted to treating chronic pain in children and adolescents. Explore the following websites for additional information about each of these comprehensive chronic pain clinics. Then, see if you are able to find additional clinics in your surrounding areas.
- Rady Children’s Hospital- San Diego: http://www.rchsd.org/programs-services/pain-services/chronic-pain-program/
- Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center: http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/svc/alpha/p/pain/
Part 2- Additional Information
These resources are intended to enhance your knowledge of chronic pain in children and adolescents. Read the following articles:
- “Chronic Pain Management and Adolescents”, by: Santhanam Suresh: http://www.sld.cu/galerias/pdf/sitios/anestesiologia/e__chronicpain.children._htm.pdf
- Pediatric Pain: Psychological Factors Related to Chronic Pain in Children and Adolescents: http://www.apadivisions.org/division-54/evidence-based/chronic-pain.aspx
Additional Canadian Resources
3: Canadian Resources
- The Canadian Pain Society http://www.canadianpainsociety.ca
- Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society http://www.cas.ca/English/Home.aspx
- University of Toronto Pain Research Group http://sites.utoronto.ca/pain/
- Pain Team at The Hospital for Sick Children www.aboutkidshealth.ca
4: Chronic Pain Management Unit – Chedoke Hospital
At this site, you will find a resource that will be useful to you in your life care planning practice for individuals who reside in Ontario. You can also find additional information for clients about the management of chronic pain. Explore this site at your leisure.
5: Canadian Pain Coalition
The Canadian Pain Coalition is a Partnership of patient pain groups, health professionals who care for people in pain, and scientists studying better ways of treating pain. At this website under the Help Centre section, there is a link for pain programs across Canada.