Rochester-Area Collaboration Selected for National Pain Education Effort
An unusually broad collaboration of health professionals from the greater Rochester area has been selected by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to help lead the nation’s assault on pain.
The team, headed by O.J. Sahler, M.D., a pediatrician at Golisano Children’s Hospital who specializes in the treatment of pain in children and adolescents, is led by physicians and scientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center. It includes nurses, pharmacists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and others from St. John Fisher College in Pittsford and from the New York Chiropractic College based in Seneca Falls. The endeavor aims to improve pain treatment for patients by enhancing how health care professionals are taught about the causes and wide variety of treatments available to manage pain. With a $275,000 grant from NIH, the Rochester team will create materials that will be used worldwide to help teach health care professionals – physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, chiropractors, and others – about the latest treatment strategies for patients in pain.
“We need to understand pain more completely, and we need to help patients cope with their pain more effectively,” Sahler said. “Pain can contribute to deterioration in so many facets of a person’s life if he or she is not able to cope with it successfully. We are looking at approaches to pain management from as broad a spectrum of health professionals as we can, since working with people who have a different perspective greatly enriches the learning experience for all,” she added.
Areas of focus for the Rochester team will include pain in young children, the elderly, people with dental or facial conditions, and people in pain for unknown reasons.