According to a report from the Institute of Medicine, chronic pain affects at least 100 million American adults and costs up to $635 billion annually. To help pain sufferers, their families, caregivers and healthcare providers, the Oregon Pain Management Commission (OPMC) is hosting a Pain Awareness Education Event Thursday, September 13, 2012 from 12 noon until 5 PM. The event will be held at the Dye House at the Willamette Heritage Center at Mission Mill in Salem. The theme of the event is “Empowering the Patient through Self-Management of Pain.”
Designed for both healthcare professionals and individuals dealing with chronic pain issues, OPMC members will discuss an assortment of topics including behavioral health issues such as fear of pain, anger and frustration, depression and isolation, coping techniques and changing unhealthy habits. Effective communication, safe management of medications, pain management through lifestyle management, and a variety of other topics will be discussed.
Teresa Keane is a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is the co-chair of the OPMC. When she applied for membership to the commission, she noted, “My interest in working with people with pain began when I ran the Stress Reduction Clinic at Oregon Health Sciences University. Many pain patients were referred to the program. I became aware of the unique situation where the pain patients were suffering greatly from their symptoms. It was very satisfying for me to work with these folks because effective pain control can dramatically improve persons’ quality of life and ability to function.”
Attendees at this event will have the opportunity to hear Ms. Keane speak about relaxation practice. They will also hear other commission members speak about techniques and practices they can use to assist in controlling their chronic pain and can use to improve their function in day-to-day living.
The event is open to the general public and to the healthcare community. No continuing education credits will be offered for participants. The event is free but space is limited so pre-registration is required. To reserve space, please visit the OPMC website
The 2011 Pain Awareness Education Event was well attended and feedback received indicated that valuable information was gained by those in attendance. I invite all of you, but particularly individuals with pain, to take advantage of this year’s event. Because no lunch will be served at the event and the chairs in the room are plastic, you are invited to bring your own lunch and pillows to make yourselves comfortable. I look forward to seeing many of you at this worthwhile September event.