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​Oregon's Pain Management Program, created by the state Legislature in 1999:

  • Provides connections to information to help people manage chronic pain
  • Raises awareness about chronic pain issues among health care providers, policy makers and the general public

As you use the resources available through this website, remember that people experience pain in many ways. Those with chronic pain should work with their health care providers to develop strategies that work best for them.

Information is essential to successful pain management. Chronic, unrelieved pain exacts a huge toll — in human suffering, in lost productivity, in high use of health care resources. Pain is the No. 1 reason for absence from work and for visits to physicians. Chronic pain often leads to domestic strife and to abuse of alcohol or other drugs.

According to a 2011 report from the Institute of Medicine, chronic pain affects roughly 100 million American adults and costs up to $635 billion annually.

Appropriate use of pain management techniques can enhance independence and quality of life, and reduce the medical and other costs involved.

Through this website and other means, the Pain Management Commission disseminates information that helps patients and health care providers address chronic pain.

Pain management works best as a collaborative effort, involving professionals, informed patients, who actively participate in self-management of pain, and their families, who can provide additional support.


The mission of the Commission is to improve pain management in the State of Oregon through education, development of pain management recommendations, development of a multi-discipline pain management practice program for providers, research, policy analysis and model projects. The Commission represents the concerns of patients in Oregon on issues of pain management to the Governor and the Legislative Assembly. The Commission develops a pain management education program curriculum and update it biennially. The Commission provides health professional regulatory boards and other health boards, committees or task forces with the curriculum and work with health professional regulatory boards and other health boards, committees or task forces to develop approved pain management education programs as required.

Administrative Rule
Commission's Joint Statement on Pain Management