The National Pain Foundation is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization whose mission is to transform the     way pain is fundamentally understood, assessed and treated.

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How is the foundation going to do that?

The National Pain Foundation is launching the Global Pain Initiative to create the largest global digital community of people with pain. Members of the community contribute information and experiences through social media, forums and chats, and also contribute data through interactive applications, surveys, logs and other means. The information is stored in what will become the most comprehensive observational database of people with chronic pain, their behaviors, treatments and needs - the "digital footprint of pain."

Rigorous mining and analyses of this
first-of-its-kind digital footprint of pain will:

  • Bring about a true understanding of what pain is and whom it affects;
  • Enable researchers to advance pain treatments across socioeconomic and ethnic differences.
  • Develop true best practices for healthcare providers to deliver better care.
  • Uncover reasons for increased vulnerability to pain based on income, education, gender, race and more.
  • Educate the public and bring about better understanding of people with pain.
  • Provide intelligence to industry on what products and treatments people in pain want and need.
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The National Pain Foundation's

Global Pain Initiative

will transform how pain is managed and understood worldwide.
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The National Pain Foundation is launching the Global Pain Initiative to confront the grim reality of what pain inflicts on individuals, economies and societies. The Global Pain Initiative is a highly accessible global digital community of people with acute and chronic pain. The community will be the source of what will become the most comprehensive observational database on people with pain, their behaviors, treatments and needs. Rigorous mining and analyses of this first-of-its-kind digital footprint of pain database will:
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About

The National Pain Foundation is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that is in regenesis

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Originally founded in 1998, The National Pain Foundation voluntarily suspended its operations and transferred its assets to the American Pain Foundation in 2010 for the purpose of unifying the organizations' legislative and advocacy voice. Unfortunately, the American Pain Foundation's leadership chose to disband in 2012 due to "irreparable economic circumstances", leaving a void for people with pain.

In 2013, The National Pain Foundation was reformed. We recognize that the United States is a part of a much larger community - the commonality is that we are all human. This regenesis has led to a critical refocusing of the mission - to create The Global Pain Initiative and, thereby transform the way pain is fundamentally understood, assessed, and treated for every human being.

This pioneering white paper defines the devastating problem of chronic pain as affecting "100 million American adults - more than the total affected by heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined - and costs up to $635 billion in medical treatment and lost productivity"(1). The white paper furthermore declares that there is an "increased vulnerability to pain, which is associated with: race and ethnicity, income and education, cancer patients, military veterans and gender."(2) Extrapolating these conclusions globally, the gravity of pain on worldwide health, global economies and the characteristically underserved is evident - as is the need to achieve the Global Pain Initiative's mission to combat the same.

(1) IOM (Institute of Medicine). 2011. Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research. Washington, DC: The National Academies. Press, page 2. (2) Ibid, page 65.

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Fundamental to all successful organizations is the recruitment and development of leadership. The National Pain Foundation is developing its leadership in much the same way as a corporation would - financially responsible people who have an innate passion for the mission and the vision to see it germinate and then develop fully. Why? Simple, The National Pain Foundation, in order to achieve the goal, will become self-funded and self-reliant as an organization, as opposed to being reliant on corporations.

The National Pain Foundation looks to continuously strengthen leadership with individuals who possess these traits and experiences:

  • Possess tangible experience in one or more of the following fields with a global perspective: business development, finance, market development, statesmanship, program management, or administration.
  • Represent direct experience related to the impact of pain on a social or personal level.
  • Possess integrity and vision as a reflection of his or her character and mirror the same for the digital community.
  • Embody a passion to affect change and improve the lives and conditions of those who suffer with pain.
  • Personify a relentless focus on key stakeholder interests.

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