TORONTO, Nov. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - Chronic pain costs more than cancer, heart
disease and HIV combined with estimates placing direct health care
costs to be more than $6 billion per year and productivity costs
related to job loss and sick days at $37 billion per year in Canada.
Veterinarians receive five times more training in pain than doctors and
three times more training than nurses. Pain research is grossly
under-funded in Canada. This week, November 6-12, marks National Pain
Awareness Week - an opportunity to address a chronic disease that
affects an estimated one in five Canadians. The Canadian Pain Society
(CPS) and the Canadian Pain Coalition (CPC) are using this timely
opportunity to highlight and champion the immediate need for a National
Pain Strategy in Canada.
National Pain Awareness Week is also a time to increase public awareness
of pain education and treatment to ensure those who experience
legitimate pain are receiving the care and quality of life they
deserve. Throughout the month of October, Canadians affected by pain
were encouraged to share their personal stories through the Faces of Pain contest. Canadians living with pain are available to discuss their
personal experiences including the challenges and triumphs of managing
a daily chronic disease.
Additionally, medical pain experts will be available for comments and
interviews during National Pain Awareness Week.
Who: National, provincial and local members of the CPS, CPC and Canadians
affected by pain
What: Professional and personal insight into the challenges associated with
under-treated pain in our society and the need for a comprehensive
National Pain Strategy
Where: In-person or by telephone
When: November 6-12, 2011
About the Canadian Pain Society (www.canadianpainsociety.ca / www.twitter.com/canadianpain)
The Canadian Pain Society has been a chapter of the International
Association for the Study of Pain since 1982. The aim of the CPS is to
foster and encourage research on pain mechanisms and pain syndromes and
to help improve the management of patients with acute and chronic pain
by bringing together the basic scientists and health professionals of
various disciplines and backgrounds who have an interest in pain
research and management.
About the Canadian Pain Coalition (www.canadianpaincoalition.ca)
The Canadian Pain Coalition (CPC) is THE National Voice of People with Pain. Incorporated in 2004 as a non-profit organization, the CPC is a
partnership of pain consumer groups, individuals, health professionals
who care for people in pain and scientists studying better ways to
treat pain. CPC promotes sustained improvement in the understanding,
prevention, treatment and management of all types of pain in Canada.
CPC accomplishes this through pain education, awareness activities and
advocacy initiatives. CPC obtained the Senate Declaration of National
Pain Awareness Week in 2004.
SOURCE Canadian Pain Coalition
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