Chronic Pain Management

Relieving Pain in the Brazos Valley

The School of Public Health (SPH) at Texas A&M University is currently working with PAINS to improve the quality of life of people living with chronic pain in Texas.

SPH is working towards building a collaborative network, with community leaders and health care professionals to promote chronic pain as a public health issue and develop a comprehensive, patient­-driven program for chronic pain management.

The objectives of Relieving Pain in the Brazos Valley (RPBV) are three­fold:

  1. To develop a community­based chronic pain toolkit (the Relieving Pain in the Brazos Valley Toolkit) for utilization by providers and people living with chronic pain;
  2. To evaluate the toolkit to ensure it meets the RPBV goal of enhanced access to care and enhanced quality of life for people living with chronic pain;
  3. To share the toolkit and the model for creating the toolkit throughout the rest of Texas and the nation.

RPBV Toolkit

The SPH is using Brazos Valley, a seven­county region of central Texas, as an incubator for the development of the Relieving Pain in Brazos Valley (RPBV) Toolkit. The Toolkit will be used by healthcare providers and people living with chronic pain, and the research team will evaluate the Toolkit to ensure it meets the goal of the RPBV initiative to enhance access of care and quality of life for people living with chronic pain.

With the success of RPBV, the SPH will disseminate the process for development and use of the Toolkit throughout the rest of Texas, as the RPT initiative, and the nation.

Residency Training Module

As part of the foundation for this network SPH is collaborating with the Texas A&M Family Medicine Residency (College of Medicine) and College of Pharmacy to create a residency training module on chronic pain management, with a focus on a multidisciplinary approach, patient participation, and assessment.

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