According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, chronic pain is the nation’s primary cause of lost workdays. It affects more people than cancer, heart disease and diabetes combined, with over 100 million Americans suffering from it.
“Aggressive management of pain and symptoms is the cornerstone of hospice care,” said James Lukavsky, M.D., medical director of Hospice Compassus Branson. “When a cure is not possible, much can be done to improve a patient’s quality of living through acknowledgment and treatment of symptoms. National Pain Awareness Month is intended to get citizens to recognize the effects of pain, the symptoms associated with pain and find appropriate relief so they can regain their quality of life.”
Typically, physical pain does not exist in isolation. Total pain is a concept developed by Dame Cicely Saunders, the founder of the modern hospice movement. Total pain includes physical, emotional/psychological, social and spiritual pain.
Hospice Compassus recognizes the concept of total pain and addresses this through an interdisciplinary team that includes physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and volunteers. A pain survey designed as a tool to help patients communicate pain issues more effectively to their physicians is also available on the Hospice Compassus website.
Established by the American Chronic Pain Association in 2001, Pain Awareness Month is recognized as a time when various organizations work to raise public awareness of issues in the area of pain and pain management.
For more information about Hospice Compassus Branson, call 417-335-2004.