Senate Hearing On Sweeping Problem Of 'Pain In America'

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As I type this, the United States Senate is holding a major hearing on the huge problem of chronic pain in America. You can watch the simulcast here.

Syndicated columnist Judy Foreman, currently working on a book on pain, writes:

At long, long last, the US Senate is paying attention to chronic pain. At a hearing today, they are listening to a handful of pain experts - and patients - who are filling their ears, and hopefully, their hearts, with details about the enormous, unsolved problem of chronic pain in America. What they may not hear - but should - is how woefully uneducated physicians are about chronic pain. There's a good, and obviously sad, reason why physicians know so little about pain: Medical schools don't teach it. A major study of 117 medical schools from Johns Hopkins last year showed that out of all those years in medical school, med students get a median of only 9 hours of pain education. Even veterinary students get more. It's high time Senators, Congressmen, medical school deans and other powers-that-be took this to heart.

This program aired on February 14, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

Carey Goldberg Twitter Editor, CommonHealth
Carey Goldberg is the editor of WBUR's CommonHealth section.