Federal Pain Research Strategy Overview

The NIH Office of Pain Policy is pleased to announce the release of the Federal Pain Research Strategy(pdf, 982 KB).

The Federal Pain Research Strategy (FPRS) is an effort of the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC) and the National Institutes of Health, Office of Pain Policy to oversee development of a long-term strategic plan to advance the federal pain research agenda. The strategy is relevant to the missions all federal agencies and departments that support pain research.  The research priorities of the FPRS are intended to guide strategic research planning and to support funding decisions that will fill crucial gaps in the federal pain research portfolio. 

The strategy fulfills the IPRCC mandates to Identify critical gaps in basic and clinical research on the symptoms and causes of pain and to make recommendations to ensure that the activities of the National Institutes of Health and other Federal agencies are free of unnecessary duplication of effort.  The FPRS completes the National Pain Strategy NPS section on pain research in that it Includes an agenda for developing physiological, clinical, behavioral, psychological, outcomes, and health services research and appropriate links across these domains that align with the NPS.

The IPRCC and NIH thank the scientific experts, patient advocates, and federal representatives who developed and prioritized the research recommendations of the FPRS for their time, expertise, and commitment to this important effort.

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Federal Pain Research Strategy Report(pdf, 982 KB)

A strategic plan for pain research across federal agencies.

The FPRS planning committee, which includes the NIH/NINDS Office of Pain Policy, members of the NIH Pain Consortium and members of the IPRCC, has assembled a diverse and balanced group of scientific experts, patient advocates, and federal representatives who are working to identify and prioritize research recommendations as a basis for a long term strategic plan to coordinate and advance the federal research agenda. The key areas of prevention of acute and chronic pain, acute pain and acute pain management, the transition from acute to chronic pain, chronic pain and chronic pain management, and disparities in pain and pain care will provide a framework for development of the strategy upon which important cross-cutting elements will be addressed.

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