affects over 100 million Americans at an estimated cost of over $600 billion annually. Globally, about one in five adults suffers from chronic pain, and ten to twenty million Americans are disabled by “high-impact chronic pain,” seriously compromising their quality of life.
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requires a multi-disciplinary approach centered around the individual patient. Critically, patients must be empowered with pain education and have access to a variety of treatments. Chronic pain is a biopsychosocial disease, and requires a whole-person approach.
and other medications are still a crucial part of pain management for people with severe chronic pain. In the midst of an opioid crisis of addiction and overdose, the pendulum has swung the other direction, leaving patients who depend on opioids to function without access to their medications.
“Stephani is an exceptional journalist who has advanced our public education and awareness of the huge societal problem of pain.”
“Dr. Sutherland has been a leading voice in the media covering the science – and impact – of pain. She is very knowledgeable on the neurobiology of pain, giving her a unique ability to understand the most recent advances in the field. But just as important is her clear writing style that has a way of making her topics accessible to a broad audience including scientists, physicians, patients and the public.”
“Stephani Sutherland has established herself as a rare voice in the pain community. She is a scientific expert, a skilled journalist and an advocate for this important field of study, and for patients that suffer from pain. Her depth of knowledge and passion for the subject make for compelling story.”