Pain & Symptom Management
Welcome to the Michigan Pain Management website. This website was developed to increase the general public's and health professional's awareness of pain and symptom management. It provides information in the form of professional papers, articles, related statutes, and numerous links to organizations with expertise in the area of pain and symptom management.
Pain is a universal problem that affects millions of people regardless of social, economic and cultural considerations. In a 2012 public telephone survey, 25.3% of Michigan residents have sought treatment from a health care professional for a chronic pain condition in the past year. The survey results also showed that 29% of Michigan residents have sought treatment from a health care professional for an acute pain condition in the past year. The Institute of Medicine's 2011 report on pain estimated that 116 million Americans live with chronic pain.
Appropriate treatment saves lives, reduces pain and suffering, decreases hospital stays and saves money by reducing overuse of health care resources. Pain is a personal experience and unique to each individual. Pain may include a range of physical and mental sensations, such as aching, tightness, numbing and burning. These sensations may vary in severity, persistence, source and duration.
Personal Action Toward Health (P.A.T.H.)
For patients and the public: P.A.T.H. is a free disease self-management program.
New! Scope of Pain Training
Free Online training on the use of extended release/long-acting (ERLA) opioids. If you missed this training when it came to East Lansing in September, you can still take it online at the Scope of Pain Training website.
New! 2012 Physician Report on Pain with Prior Year Comparisons
New! 2009-12 Physician Survey on Pain Comparison With Charts
New! FSMB Model Policy on the Use of Opioid Analgesics in the Treatment of Chronic Pain