New rankings at Pain Medicine show that less than 2 months after its publication “Pain Psychology: A Global Needs Assessment and National Call to Action” is already in third place in the “Most-Read” rankings of the journal! These positive results underscore broad interest in the topic of pain psychology and its role in the treatment of pain, as well as interest in understanding issues regarding access and barriers to care. Therapists and psychologists in the U.S. need access to low-cost pain education opportunities, in order to facilitate patient access to pain psychology care. Current legislation in multiple states proposes to limit access to pharmacologic treatment for pain. Instead of simply removing care options we must optimize new treatment pathways. More than ever, we must develop programs and systems to facilitate access to high-quality non-pharmacologic pain treatment, and align with the National Pain Strategy.

Read more about pain psychology and the American Academy of Pain Medicine here.