Chronic pain has been at the center of the debate over how physicians can make a dent in opioid addiction. More than 100 million Americans suffering from chronic pain are waiting for a solution from physicians that can minimize the risk of becoming dependent on prescription painkillers. Research conducted by an independent panel might point to part of the answer: “individualized, patient-centric care.” Convened by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the panel consisted of seven members from various fields: gerontology, rheumatology, internal medicine, psychiatry, addiction medicine, nursing, health education, biostatistics and epidemiology. Besides being reimbursed for travel, the panel members were not compensated for participating.

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