Chronic Pain — 18 March 2013

doctor with patientBy Pat Anson, Editor

Chronic pain patients who are treated by primary care providers will experience significant improvement in their symptoms if their physicians are trained in pain management, according to a new study published in the Clinical Journal of Pain.

The Primary Practice Physician Program for Chronic Pain (4PCP) helps doctors learn how to treat pain patients through educational classes taught by psychologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists who specialize in pain management.

Even just a few hours of training provide “remarkable” benefits, with patients returning to work faster, and experiencing less pain, fatigue and depression. Physicians also reported more comfort in assessing and treating pain patients, and shorter visit times.

Read more at National Pain Report.

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Pat Anson, Editor

Pat is Editor in Chief of American News Report. He is a veteran journalist and a former correspondent and producer for HealthWeek (PBS), Nightly Business Report (PBS) and other nationally syndicated shows. Pat has won numerous journalism awards, including a Golden Mike award for investigative reporting.

(1) Reader Comment

  1. I think this program ,Primary Practice Physician Program for Chronic Pain (4PCP) is very good training for doctors to better get the training they need to treat people that suffer from chronic pain.
    Even Pain Specialist can get good results from learning new ways to treat chronic pain. I think some doctors get burn out and this program can get them out of this slump. I’ve been dealing with chronic pain for 24 years now and have learned a lot from my previous doctor, Dr. Joel Hochman.
    He was the first Pain Specialist that finally got my never ending chronic pain under control.Dr. Hochman was the Executive Director of the National Foundation for the Treatment of Pain that was first started in the year 2001. When my doctor helped a pain patient get their pain under control in return he expected them to return to work and many people did go back to work, this program worked well for 10 years.

    Mark S. Barletta