Pain & Symptom Management

pain management, chronic pain, hospiceWelcome 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 2013 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 27.2% 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 over 100 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.

The Office of Recovery Oriented Systems of Care

September is Pain Awareness Month

The Governor has recognized September as Pain Awareness Month. Below are links to information on pain management:

Advisory Committee on Pain and Symptom Management issues 2014: The "State" of Pain Report

Continuing Medical Education/Continuing Education 
Information for health professionals on pain education

Scope of Pain Training (free CME/CE available)
A free three hour training program (available online and on-site) on the use of extended release/long-acting (ER/LA) opioids. S.C.O.P.E. is one of many programs that follows the U.S. F.D.A.’s Blueprint for Prescriber Education for ER/LA Analgesics. 

FSMB Model Policy on the Use of Opioid Analgesics in the Treatment of Chronic Pain

Personal Action Toward Health (P.A.T.H.)
For patients and the public: P.A.T.H. is a free disease self-management program.