D.C. to Serve on Chronic Pain Medical Collaborative
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Thursday, May 14, 2015 12:00 AM

To adequately address pain in today’s healthcare system, the Samueli Institute, a nonprofit research organization dedicated to investigating the safety, effectiveness, and integration of healing-oriented practices, created a new multidisciplinary, person-centered chronic pain care model.

Named the Chronic Pain Breakthrough Collaborative, the program is designed to achieve breakthrough improvement in person-centered, integrative care for patients with chronic pain. James Lehman, DC, DABCO, was chosen to serve on this collaborative as one of 10 experts.  One of the goals of the collaborative is to increase access and quality of care for pain patients through patient-centered integrative pain management services.

According to the Samueli  Institute, pain is the most common reason patients seek healthcare in the United States, and is an ongoing health crisis. According to a report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2011, an estimated 100 million Americans are affected by chronic pain, with an estimated annual cost to American society of at least $560-$635 billion. 

This figure represents the monetary impact of providing healthcare to patients experiencing pain and the cost of this health issue is lost productivity; however it does not account for the toll in human suffering underlying these figures.  The failure to adequately address pain in today’s healthcare system continues to result in unnecessary suffering, exacerbation of other medical conditions, enormous loss of human potential, and massive financial and personal costs.

The mission of this collaborative is to achieve breakthrough improvement in person-centered, integrative care for patients with chronic pain that will optimize human performance, quality of life, and daily life function. The major aims are:

  • Integration of multiple disciplines, including CIM modalities and practitioners, in a team-based approach to more effective pain management.
  • Increasing health-related quality of life and patient safety for chronic pain patients through decreasing the level of pain, medication burden, and risk of opioid dependence.
  • Increasing autonomy for individuals to manage their pain through nonpharmacological approaches and negate the possibility of long-term addiction.
  • Providing a positive financial impact to participating organizations.

A board-certified chiropractic orthopedist, Lehman earned his doctorate in chiropractic medicine at the Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis.  Since 2011, Dr. Lehman has served as Director of Health Sciences Postgraduate Education at the University of Bridgeport (UB) in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Lehman is an associate professor of clinical sciences at the UB College of Chiropractic and is chairperson of the chiropractic research committee at UB. He previously served as a chiropractic orthopedist at the Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and mentored fourth-year medical clerks as an assistant clinical professor at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

Source: http://www.chiroeco.com/news/chiro-article.php?id=16008