Pain Education & Advocacy
Pain affects millions of Americans each year and is one of the top reasons people seek medical care. The annual cost of pain in the United States is estimated to be more than $100 billion, including healthcare expenses, lost income, and lost productivity.
Purdue regularly provides healthcare professionals with important information about assessment and management of pain, including proper prescribing of opioid analgesics as well as other educational resources in the area of pain management.
Purdue’s resources and efforts in the areas of pain education are through grants as well as Purdue Web sites such as:
- In the Face of Pain®
- Medical Education Resource Catalog Online
- Patient Evaluation Resources For Opioid Risk Management (PERFORM)
- Partners Against Pain®
In the Face of Pain®
In the Face of Pain® is an online pain advocacy toolkit with pain-related information, statistics and resources, to empower healthcare professionals, people with pain, caregivers and other concerned individuals to take action. Get started at: www.IntheFaceofPain.com.
The Medical Education Resource Catalog Online
The Medical Education Resource Catalog Online (MERCO) is a Web site that provides licensed healthcare professionals in the United States with access to free educational slides, tools and materials to help improve their practice and patient care. Categories of information include Pain Care, Risk Management, Long-term Care, Managed Care, and Pharmacy. Healthcare professionals can register, select and receive these resources at no cost by visiting: www.PurduePharmaMedEdResources.com.
Patient Evaluation Resources For Opioid Risk Management (PERFORM™)
PERFORM™ is designed to provide information and tools to assess the risk of medication misuse.This free online resource was developed in conjunction with key expert advisors Charles E. Argoff, MD, Paul J. Christo, MD, MBA, Steven D. Passik, PhD, and Russell K. Portenoy, MD. Read More >
Watch an excerpt from Pain: An Illustrated Resource, one of the many helpful resources available on MERCO.
Partners Against Pain®
Partners Against Pain® is a resource that serves patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals to help alleviate unnecessary suffering by advancing standards of pain care through education and advocacy.
Learn more at: www.partnersagainstpain.com.
Grants & Giving
Another key component of Purdue’s support for healthcare education is through providing grants for independent, certified and non-certified educational activities and materials to healthcare professional associations, healthcare institutions, and organizations for national, regional, state, and local programs.