Role of Allied Health Professions in Treating Pain


Chronic pain is widespread among U.S. adults, and overreliance on pharmacological approaches to managing this pain has contributed to the nation’s opioid addiction crisis. There is growing recognition of the importance of directing patients towards non-pharmacological approaches to manage pain. This study described the professions able to deliver evidence-based non-pharmacologic pain management, and how education-, policy- and practice-related factors serve as barriers or facilitators to further leverage these professions to effectively help manage pain.

Lead Researcher: Bianca K. Frogner, PhD
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HRSA: HWRC Allied Health






Authors Title Type Date Documents/Media
Pollack SW, Skillman SM, Frogner BK The Health Workforce Delivering Evidence-Based Non-Pharmacological Pain Management PUBLICATION 02-07-2020
Full Report
Policy Brief
Skillman SM, Pollack S, Maier R, Pearson K Health professions that can provide evidence-based non-pharmacological pain management PRESENTATION 03-08-2021