A broad collaboration of health professionals from the Rochester region, including St. John Fisher College and the University of Rochester Medical Center, has been selected by the National Institutes of Health to form a Center of Excellence in Pain Education.
Using a $275,000 NIH grant, the Rochester team will create materials that will be used to help teach care professionals about the latest treatment strategies for patients in pain, URMC officials said.
The effort is led by physicians and scientists at URMC and includes nurses, pharmacists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and others from St. John Fisher and from the New York Chiropractic College based in Seneca Falls. The group is one of 11 teams chosen by NIH to form a nationwide coalition of Centers of Excellence in Pain Education to improve pain treatment, URMC officials said.
“We need to understand pain more completely, and we need to help patients cope with their pain more effectively,” said O.J. Sahler, URMC professor and pediatrician at Golisano Children’s Hospital, who leads the effort.
The Rochester team will focus on pain in young children, the elderly, people with dental or facial conditions and people in pain for unknown reasons. The main contribution of the Rochester-area collaborative will be the creation of five in-depth case studies of patients in pain, URMC officials said.
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