In My View  |   October 2016
Preventing Chronic Nonmalignant Pain: A Family Physician’s Response to the Opioid Abuse Crisis
Author Notes
  •  *Address correspondence to John N. Boll Jr, DO, Williamsport Family Medicine Residency, 740 High St, Suite 4001, Williamsport, PA 17701-3111. E-mail: jboll@susquehannahealth.org
     
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Addiction Medicine / Pain Management/Palliative Care / Preventive Medicine / Opioids
In My View   |   October 2016
Preventing Chronic Nonmalignant Pain: A Family Physician’s Response to the Opioid Abuse Crisis
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2016, Vol. 116, 638-639. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2016.126
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2016, Vol. 116, 638-639. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2016.126
As exemplified by the 2016 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on the management of chronic nonmalignant pain (CNMP),1 much of the conversation about CNMP revolves around the appropriate use of opioids and overlooks a golden opportunity for family physicians to partner with patients to prevent this chronic disease. Prevention is a focal point of the care that I, as an osteopathic family physician, provide to my patients, and it is fundamental to the treatment of other chronic diseases such as diabetes. Whereas 29.1 million people in the United States have diabetes,2 an Institute of Medicine report noted that every year, 100 million people have CNMP.3 In light of the number of patients with CNMP, family physicians need to do a better job in addressing how to prevent this chronic disease in their local communities. 
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