The American Pain Society (APS), www.ampainsoc.org, today honored the recipients of its sixth annual Clinical Centers of Excellence in Pain Management Awards recognizing the nation's outstanding pain care centers. Five multidisciplinary pain programs were recognized. They are:
•Stanford University Division of Pain Management
•Fairview Pain Management Center, University of Minnesota Medical Center
•Comprehensive Pain Center, James L. Haley Veteran's Hospital, Tampa
•United Back Care, Redmond, Wash.
•Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program, Neurological Center for Pain, Cleveland Clinic
APS established the Clinical Centers of Excellence in Pain Management program in 2006 to increase awareness about teams of health professionals who address critical, sometimes unmet, needs in pain management within their communities. Multidisciplinary programs in the U.S. offering direct patient care in pain management are eligible to apply. Detailed award applications were judged by a panel of pain management experts. Award recipients will be honored at a reception during the APS Annual Scientific Conference.
The Clinical Centers of Excellence Awards support the ongoing advocacy mission of APS by showcasing the benefits of the multidisciplinary approach to pain management for providing optimal care for myriad pain conditions. A recurring quality of leading pain programs is success in helping patients enhance their overall function and quality of life by treating the whole person, not just the pain.
Achievements of the five organizations recognized by APS include:
Stanford University Division of Pain Management
Predict, Prevent and Alleviate Pain is the operative vision of the multidisciplinary pain center, which won the APS CCOE Award in 2008. With a new 9,000 square foot outpatient center and a dedicated chronic pain inpatient unit, Stanford employs a biosocial approach to evaluating and treating patients experiencing various acute, chronic and cancer-related pain conditions. Faculty research is focused on applying results to improve clinical outcomes. A recent study by the Stanford team on low-dose naltrexone has been utilized for low-cost treatment of fibromyalgia pain. In addition, the group was awarded an NIH grant to investigate the mechanisms of old and new mind-body therapies for chronic low back pain. An APS CCOE reviewer called the program "a model of sustained excellence and innovation."
Fairview Comprehensive Pain Center, University of Minnesota Medical Center
Serving more than 6,000 patients a year, Fairview collaborates with primary care clinics to send multidisciplinary pain care teams to work with care providers and provide assessments, pain management and physician education. The inpatient consultation service provides acute pain assessments and management for more than 1000 complex hospitalized patients a year. New patients see a medical provider and a psychologist who jointly develop an individualized comprehensive care plan. The program has always been strongly committed to training in medical management of complex pain patients. It has a three month core rotation for the university's physical medicine and rehabilitation residency programs. An APS CCOE reviewer praised the center's focus on primary care: "Top marks here because of the impact their care model innovation must have on primary care attitudes, beliefs and confidence." Fairview received its first APS CCOE award in 2008.