PAINClinician® is an independently funded forum committed to improving clinician access to high quality pain education. PAINClinician® provides clinicians with an opportunity to share their insights and experience managing patients with debilitating acute and chronic pain disorders. By consolidating resources already available and generating new educational materials tailored to the needs of the community—all identified through ongoing surveys posted throughout the site—this forum will, we believe, facilitate the exchange of ideas, help clinicians practice the art and science of pain medicine, and ultimately improve patient care. Primary care physicians, pain specialists, emergency room clinicians, surgeons, physiatrists, anesthesiologists, neurologists, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and the countless other healthcare providers who treat pain are all invited to participate in this global community.
Clinicians who treat acute and chronic pain syndromes must overcome numerous barriers to provide optimal care for their patients. Despite significant advances made over the past twenty years, pain medicine remains a young discipline, shaped more by the vast experience of its practitioners than evidence generated from randomized controlled studies, of which there have been too few. Recognizing the untapped resource of collective experience, PAINClinician® is dedicated to gathering, synthesizing, and disseminating insights into pain medicine generated by our colleagues in primary care offices, emergency rooms and pain clinics across the country. Our preferred medium for this exchange of best practices is facilitated by modern day technology, yet its substance remains the ancient heritage of good medicine.