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Our vision is that every healthcare facility will one day have a Certified Pain Educator (CPE) on staff. This is an important goal considering the current state of pain management in the United States
Twenty years of progress and commitment to the relief of pain is now in question.
The Food and Drug Administration Amendment Act (FDAAA) of 2007 has created unique educational opportunities for the pain community. The FDA must now assure safe use of the medications it approves, expanding its previous role of overseeing medication's intrinsic efficacy and safety. This will be accomplished in part through Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) programs. Whatever a medication's REMS turn out to be, practitioners and patient education will be mandated, and will be central to the process.
In the May 4 and May 28, 2009, FDA meetings on REMS, the American Society of Pain Educators (ASPE) was noted to be a leader in pain education. On May 4, one noted pain expert said that the ASPE was the "first and last word in pain education." Unlike other pain organizations, we uniquely address the educational needs of the healthcare professionals and lay people. The ASPE prepares healthcare professionals to become pain educators and has a career-building process culminating with the awarding of the Certified Pain Educator (CPE) credential.
The American Society of Pain Educators (ASPE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional organization dedicated to improving pain management through the education and training of healthcare professionals to become Certified Pain Educators (CPEs).
As the only organization focusing on pain educator training, the Society teaches healthcare professionals to serve as resources to educate their clinical peers, as well as patients, families, and caregivers, on ways to relieve pain by the safest means possible.
ASPE members are the frontline practitioners when it comes to treating pain. They are ‘go to’ resources in their practices and organizations, imparting evidence-based guidelines, translating care plans, and monitoring for safety, efficacy, and adherence. They are charged with delivering better health outcomes.