PATIENT EDUCATION ON PAIN TOPICS
The American Pain Foundation estimates that more than 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, with another 25 million experiencing acute pain as a result of injury or surgery.
With an abundance of health information on-line, it can be hard to distinguish good information from bad information. Below is a collection of pain websites, recommended for patients by the MGH Treadwell Library and the MGH Blum Patient and Family Learning Center. They have been reviewed for quality and ease of use.
MedlinePlus (National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health)
A comprehensive consumer health directory that takes the user to authoritative sources of information. Many resources on pain including interactive tutorials.
go to MedlinePlus web site: http://www.medlineplus.org
type PAIN in search box and click “search medlineplus”
click on specific area desired (ie: pain, abdominal pain, back pain, etc.)
Pain Information Library from the American Pain Foundation http://www.painfoundation.org/page.asp?file=Library/Index.htm
Provides people with practical, up-to-date, scientifically-sound information about pain and pain management.
American Chronic Pain Association
Educational materials and peer support for individuals with chronic pain
Consumers who have an interest in pain management will find information on pain assessment, drug assistance programs, a support group, and a “library” of study abstracts.
National Pain Foundation
An excellent online education and support community for persons in pain, their families, and physicians. Features include disparities in pain, new treatments, drug approvals and nutrition advice.
WebMD on pain
Although there are many advertisements to be ignored, this collection of pain resources includes a Pain Management Guide from the Cleveland Clinic.
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