Pain circle

HHS Requests Comments on Pain Management Task Force Draft Report

The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force, a group instructed by the US government to determine gaps in best practices for pain management and to propose updates to those practices, has released a new draft report detailing its findings and suggestions. Psychological scientists and others are invited to provide their feedback on this draft report by April 1, 2019.

The draft report, which can be viewed by clicking here, calls for a balanced approach to pain management which should be based on a biopsychosocial model of care. It emphasizes the importance of an integrative approach to chronic pain, and specifically calls for additional research to develop a better understanding of the mechanisms of pain and related topics. It makes a set of eight recommendations which connect to existing guidelines related to pain.

Scientists interested in contributing to the draft report should click here for further information. Comments should be submitted via the Federal eRulemaking Portal and emailed to

Click here to read the Pain Management Task Force Draft Report and learn how to submit a comment.

To view a roundup of psychological science research on the topic of pain management, click here.

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