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26th Napa Pain Conference

NPC26-Su2 - 2019 HHS Report for Best Practices for Pain Management

Aug 18, 2019 9:45am ‐ Aug 18, 2019 10:45am


2019 HHS Report for Best Practices for Pain Management

Target Audience: Clinicians treating acute or chronic pain

Learning Objectives

As a result of participating in this activity, learners will be better able to:

  • Formulate a personal plan for addressing the opioid crisis


The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force, a federal advisory committee established by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016, has released its final report on acute and chronic pain management best practices, calling for a balanced, individualized, patient-centered approach.

To ensure best practices for the treatment of pain, the Final Report underscores the need to address stigma, risk assessment, access to care and education.

“We identified a number of gaps that need to be addressed in order to improve pain management. We highlighted the need for multidisciplinary approaches to chronic pain that focus on the patient’s medical condition, co-morbidities and various aspects of care...”
– Dr. Vanila Singh

The Report highlights five broad categories for pain treatment:

  • medications,
  • interventional procedures,
  • restorative therapies,
  • behavioral health, and
  • complementary and integrative health approaches.
“We recommended a multimodal approach for patients who experience acute injury and perioperative pain, as well as a multidisciplinary approach for patients with chronic pain and various underlying pain conditions.
Our report emphasizes safe opioid stewardship, recommending approaches that mitigate opioid exposure. ”

Additional Reading

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2019, May). Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force Report: Updates, Gaps, Inconsistencies, and Recommendations. Retrieved from U. S. Department of Health and Human Services


  • Dr. Vanila M. Singh, MD, MACM, Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Pain and Perioperative Medicine, Stanford University Medical Center

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