The National Pain Foundation is a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization.
Pain is the number one reason people go to a doctor.
According to the National Institutes of Medicine, in the United States alone, chronic pain affects 100 million adults—that is more pole than heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined.
We believe that pain is a global problem, affecting nearly a billion people.
Although the number one reason people go to a doctor is pain, there is little being done to really understand what pain is, applying science to change the way pain is treated, and to realize a Cure!
What if we knew more? What if we understood better? What if we gave people living with pain … hope?
The National Pain Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to transform the way pain is fundamentally understood, assessed and treated — we intend to “change the face of pain“.
The message of The National Pain Foundation is:
(a) Pain is made up of many different diseases (just like Cancer);
(b) Pain in Cancer is the same as Pain in Non-Cancer;
(c) There is enough science showing that Pain has a Cure.
The National Pain Foundation will achieve the mission in three ways:
- Education and Awareness:
- Create then publish peer-reviewed journal supplements on “The Current State of Pain and Treatment” — from leading scientists and clinicians. This is the basis for the ‘Data and Research’,
- Develop the ‘Story of Pain’ series — bringing the story pain to the public from the perspective of the person living with pain,
- Build key relationships with scientists, clinicians, healthcare systems, corporations, governments and people living with pain to (a) increase awareness, (b) move science to change clinical practice, and (c) find a Cure.
- Data and Research: Develop the first-ever global registry for pain (built with advanced data collection tools in collaboration with the world’s leading information and technology experts) to understand pain from an individual person’s view.
- Stakeholder Engagement: Organize and assist a movement (i.e. people/corporations/healthcare delivery systems/governments) and using our data and research combined with science to (a) improve diagnosis, (b) define what best practice is, and (c) find cures.
Our projects and the Global Pain Initiative will let us fulfill the Mission.