Research Center: University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies
Chronic pain is widespread among US adults, and overreliance on pharmacological approaches to managing this pain has contributed to the nation’s opioid addiction crisis. There is growing recognition of the importance of directing patients towards non-pharmacological approaches to manage pain.
This report compares 10 different health care occupations and certified practitioners in providing non-pharmacological pain management treatments to patients with chronic pain. In addition, the research findings describe how education, policy, and practice-related factors serve as barriers or facilitators to accessing these treatments.