Quality of Life / Pain and Symptom Management

Pain and Policy Studies Group

The Pain and Policy Studies Group is interested in the extent to which the regulation (or the perception of regulation) of drugs and professional practice affects pain management. Much of this work focuses on identifying and addressing the barriers to medical use of opioid analgesics (narcotic drugs), which are essential to chronic pain management and palliative care. Work is accomplished through a collaborative effort with colleagues at the UW and other academic institutions, agencies of federal and state governments, and associations of professionals, health care providers and patients.



Alliance of State Pain Initiatives

The Alliance of State Pain Initiatives is dedicated to promoting cancer pain relief nationwide by supporting the efforts of State Cancer Pain Initiatives. Cancer Pain Initiatives are voluntary, grassroots organizations composed of nurses, physicians, pharmacists, social workers, psychologists, and representatives of clergy, higher education, and government. Initiatives and their participants provide education and advocacy to healthcare providers, cancer patients and their families.

The national office of the Alliance of State Pain Initiatives is part of the UW Carbone Cancer Center. The first state Cancer Pain Initiative was established in Wisconsin in 1986 to address the unmet pain management needs of persons with cancer pain. Since then, advocates for better pain care established similar organizations in many other states. State Cancer Pain Initiatives soon became widely recognized as an effective force in improving the management of cancer pain, and many expanded their educational, outreach and advocacy efforts to address the under treatment of other types of pain.