Involving Patients as Equal Partners in Research
Chronic pain affects more than 100 million Americans. That’s more than diabetes, cancer and heart disease combined. It’s the number one reason patients visit their primary care providers, sometimes with the expectation that those providers will have a quick cure or answer. But for most patients with chronic pain, that’s not the case. The pain can last several years or a lifetime, but as we learn in this video, patients who take an active role in their treatment can often return to normal activities and improve their quality of life. The study described in the video was funded by the non-profit Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.