Brief on multidisciplinary pain programs for chronic noncancer pain available
Research Activities, November 2011
A new technical brief, Multidisciplinary Pain Programs for Chronic Noncancer Pain, is available from the Effective Health Care Program of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. This technical brief adds to the literature on Multidisciplinary Pain Programs (MPPs) by describing the current evidence base on this treatment modality, highlighting gaps in the evidence, and outlining the key issues facing patients and practitioners considering treatment options for chronic, noncancer pain. The brief finds the most pressing problems facing MPPs are declining access to MPP services and providers receiving inadequate reimbursement from third-party payers. The brief also outlines the possible role of MPPs as alternatives to widespread opioid therapy.
It highlights the need for more research related to these programs, including more detailed information addressing cost-effectiveness, options for patients who are refused MPP treatment or who do not experience relief, information on the decrease in the number of available programs, the structural supports needed to increase access to MPPs, and more randomized studies within the United States. To access this brief and learn more about the AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program and treatment options for other health conditions visit Effective Health Care Program .