Thursday, May 18, 2017

FDA Pain Management Guideline to Medical Providers recommends Acupuncture

This month, May 2017, the FDA released an updated guideline to primary care providers who have patients with chronic pain (FDA Education Blueprint for Health Care Providers Involved in the Management or Support of Patients with Pain).  The guideline has been updated to reflect an increased emphasis on non-drug (aka non-pharm) management of chronic pain, specifically naming acupuncture as a non-pharm pain relief therapy.

Having East Asian Medicine practitioners (acupuncturists) work in hospitals from the inpatient unit to specialty clinics to the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) team makes this non-pharm therapy that complements conventional care more accessible to referring providers and their patients.

At the Hospital Practice Handbook Project, we are creating resources and community discussion space to connect hospital administrators who want to add this resource to their program or clinic to the hospital practice acupuncturist professional community.  Being connected to these resources and professional community helps both administrators and hospital-practice acupuncturists avoid re-inventing the wheel and and working in silos.  We are able to learn from each other's wisdom and share resources.

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