Access to Pain Medication Survey Results

http://www.practicalpainmanagement.com/treatments/pharmacological/opioids/current-access-opioids-survey-chronic-pain-patients

The NFMCPA often requests participation in research surveys and we are dedicated to reporting the results of those surveys back to our constituents.  In June, 2013 we developed and posted the Access to Pain Medication Survey on Survey Monkey.  A total of 5,159 respondents with either fibromyalgia or other types of chronic pain logged on to the website link and consented to take part in the survey.  Ages ranged from 19 to 85, with the youngest and oldest in the cohort most likely to report having been denied a prescription.  The level of education reported was most often a college (22.1%) or high school (19.1%) degree, followed by those who had two (17.2%) or one (13.2%) year(s) of college experience.  609 (12.4%) reported obtaining a graduate degree.  The most often cited pain complaints (not mutually exclusive) were fibromyalgia (91.9%), low back (64.8%) and neck (49.2%) pain, followed by migraines (42.2%) and neuropathic pain (42.2%).

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OHSU/NFMCPA Survey of Symptoms Other than Pain for FDA Meeting Part 1

In preparation for the Food and Drug Administration's Public Fibromyalgia Patient-Focused Meeting December 10, 2013 (rescheduled to March 26, 2014), the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association in partnership with Dr. Robert Bennett, Professor of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University, published a nationwide survey to capture important scientific information to report at the FDA meeting.  Robust community participation in the survey during a short time period indicated strong support for more research on fibromyalgia.  Dr. Bennett prepared a three-part series of the results for the NFMCPA for education to its constituents and the public.  These valuable insights will also be used in further research at OHSU as well as being submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed professional journal.

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