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November 19, 2019
The Alliance for Balanced Pain Management (AfBPM) defines itself as a diverse collective of health care advocacy groups, patient organizations, industry representatives and other stakeholders that share a common goal to reduce pain, reduce medicine abuse, and improve care. Pain is complex and includes physical, emotional, and social components that are best addressed through a multimodal therapeutic approach, with special emphasis on the safe and responsible prescribing, dispensing, consuming, and disposing of prescription medicines. When all components are addressed, AfBPM believes that pain can be managed safely and effectively.

OAAA and AfBPM have shared interests in helping people with OA and other painful conditions to reduce pain, improve quality of life, and increase function. This month, we are spotlighting AfBPM as the newest member of the OAAA coalition! We are excited to participate in the 6th Annual Summit on Balanced Pain Management (keep reading for more information!)

An Interview with Mike Walsh at the Alliance for Balanced Pain Management

Mike Walsh, Executive Director, Alliance for Balanced Pain Management 

1. What is your interest in the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance?The Alliance for Balanced Pain Management is a nonprofit coalition that works with advocates and stakeholders to improve access to comprehensive, patient-centered pain care. Engaging with OAAA allows us to jointly spotlight the needs of people living with osteoarthritis and to advocate for their access to optimal treatment.

2. What do you think is the most important issue today related to osteoarthritis?The health care system has slowly drifted toward focusing treatment around disease states rather than around individual patients.  For people with osteoarthritis, in particular, advocates must drive a policy shift that empowers physicians and patients to make care decisions based on what’s best for each patient.

3. How does your work connect to issues in osteoarthritis?Pain is a symptom of many diseases, osteoarthritis included.  The Alliance for Balanced Pain Management advocates, across disease states, for access to treatment that adequately treats pain while also minimizing risk to patients.  We recognize that finding this balance is critical for the treatment of osteoarthritis.

4. What is a headline you’d like to see about osteoarthritis in five years?

Patient-Centered Approach Brings Relief, Hope to Osteoarthritis Patients

5. What is one interesting fact you’d like people to know about you?Each year we hold a national policy summit in Washington, DC.  This year’s event will touch on patient-centered care for osteoarthritis and feature OAAA’s own Leigh Callahan.  Register online to join us Dec. 4!

Alliance for Balanced Pain Management
Resources & Events

Coming Up! 6th Annual Summit on Pain Management – Join patients, advocates, clinicians, payers, and policymakers to explore the value of patient-centered pain care.  December 4, 2019, Ronald Reagan International Trade Center, Washington, DC. 
The Alliance for Balanced Pain Management has an online library of free, downloadable resources. Check out this infographic and short video on the impact of NSAID use for people with arthritis.
And make sure to connect with the Alliance for Balanced Pain Management on social media!
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