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J Pain. 2014 Dec;15(12):1203-14. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2014.09.004. Epub 2014 Oct 29.

A pain research agenda for the 21st century.

Author information

1
The American Pain Society, Glenview, Illinois; Washington University Pain Center and Department of Anesthesiology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri.
2
The American Pain Society, Glenview, Illinois; Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, Pain Research Program, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.
3
The American Pain Society, Glenview, Illinois; Center for Pain Research and Innovation, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
4
The American Pain Society, Glenview, Illinois; Department of Anesthesiology and Center on Addiction Recovery and Education, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, New Hampshire.
5
The American Pain Society, Glenview, Illinois; School of Brain and Behavioral Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, Texas.
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The American Pain Society, Glenview, Illinois; Department of Neurology, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland.
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The American Pain Society, Glenview, Illinois; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.
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The American Pain Society, Glenview, Illinois; Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. Electronic address: Rfilling@ufl.edu.

Abstract

Chronic pain represents an immense clinical problem. With tens of millions of people in the United States alone suffering from the burden of debilitating chronic pain, there is a moral obligation to reduce this burden by improving the understanding of pain and treatment mechanisms, developing new therapies, optimizing and testing existing therapies, and improving access to evidence-based pain care. Here, we present a goal-oriented research agenda describing the American Pain Society's vision for pain research aimed at tackling the most pressing issues in the field.

PERSPECTIVE:

This article presents the American Pain Society's view of some of the most important research questions that need to be addressed to advance pain science and to improve care of patients with chronic pain.

KEYWORDS:

Chronic pain; pain education; pain research; pain treatment; research funding

PMID:
25419990
PMCID:
PMC4664454
DOI:
10.1016/j.jpain.2014.09.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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