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Organisation: UC Davis
Name: Susan Verba
E-Mail: sverba@ucdavis.edu
Category: Healthcare

Name of Project: The Pain Project

Description of Project: Susan Verba + George Slavik / DiPi team + partners Center for Design in the Public Interest (DiPi), University of California, Davis Pain is a crisis. As many as 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, but healthcare providers lack adequate information resources for engaging patients in their own care, and patients lack effective ways to track and communicate their pain or to fully understand treatment options. Further, although pain itself is a universal experience, pain perception and communication vary across ages, genders, and cultures. Adding to the crisis is an opioid epidemic that began in the 1990s with increased prescribing of opioids to treat pain. According to a 2012 study, opioids cause more deaths than suicide and motor vehicle accidents combined. Nearly one in three Americans knows someone with an opioid use disorder.

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