Ending women's pain discrimination: Ideas for change.
The Campaign has developed specific policy recommendations (below) which would greatly improve the quality of health care and lives of those affected, while playing a crucial role in “bending the curve” of future health care costs.
Please contact your member of Congress and encourage them to act on these policy recommendations. It is easy and quick, and can make a big difference in our fight. To find your representatives in Washington, visit www.Congress.org.
Either call their office directly or send them a letter expressing your personal concern and asking them to act on the CECPW policy recommendations. For your convenience, we have included a sample letter below than you can download, personalize and send.Click here to download a letter template.
By failing to adequately, effectively and efficiently invest in research on women’s chronic pain conditions, our nation is missing a tremendous opportunity. Increased research funding for, and a coordinated scientific approach to, these conditions is urgently needed; collaborative and multidisciplinary basic and clinical scientific efforts are key.
Increased awareness of, and knowledge about, these pain conditions and their coexistence would greatly improve the quality of care given to sufferers. It would also result in substantial cost savings to the government, private sector health insurance plans and the afflicted by reducing duplicative visits, ineffective and/or harmful treatments, and avoidable complications.
The federal government should launch an aggressive multi-year campaign to educate physicians, particularly those working in primary care settings, and other health care professionals.
Changing attitudes about and behavior toward women who endure chronic pain starts by expanding awareness. Due to the lack of understanding associated with their conditions, up to 50 million American women with these six chronic pain conditions often suffer in silence because they are told that they are imagining or overstating their pain. There is a tremendous need to educate the public about these chronic pain conditions and their negative impact on women, their families, our society, and the economy, as well as the need for increased federal funding of research on these conditions.
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