PNN SURVEYS

From time to time, we conduct online surveys on various topics related to pain management, often partnering with other organizations to reach a very select audience of pain patients and healthcare providers.

Over 15,000 people have participated in PNN surveys, providing valuable insight on topics like opioid medication, alternative pain therapies, pain care in hospitals, and the effectiveness of efforts to reduce opioid abuse and addiction.

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When CVS Health announced plans in September 2017 to limit the dose and supply of opioid pain medication for customers in its pharmacy benefit management program, there was an immediate online backlash calling for a boycott of CVS. We wanted to know just how strongly people felt about such a move. 

Over 2,500 people responded to our survey and over 93 percent said they would support a boycott of CVS. There was broad support for a boycott from all groups, including patients, healthcare providers, caretakers, and friends or family of patients.

To see the survey results, click here.

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Our landmark survey in March 2017 on the one year anniversary of the CDC's opioid prescribing guidelines found that most patients and providers believe the guidelines have been harmful to patients and worsened the quality of pain care in the U.S.

Over 70% of patients say they are now prescribed fewer opioids or none at all. Many have a hard time finding doctors willing to treat their pain, and some are hoarding opioids or turning to black market drugs for pain relief.

To see the survey results on the CDC guidelines, click here.

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Over 6,400 people participated in our 2016 survey on kratom, an herbal supplement increasingly used to treat pain, addiction, depression and anxiety.

Over 90% said kratom was "very effective" in treating their pain and 98% believe the herb is not a harmful or dangerous substance. Respondents were also overwhelmingly opposed to any federal effort to ban kratom or list it as a controlled substance.

To see the survey results on kratom, click here.

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Our 2016 survey on hospital pain care drew a very passionate response from pain patients, including many who believe they were treated poorly in hospitals or labeled as an addict or "drug seeker" by hospital staff.

Over 80% of patients believe hospital staff are not adequately trained in pain management and over half rated the quality of pain care in hospitals as poor or very poor.

To see the results from our hospital survey, click here.

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Our 2015 survey on the CDC's opioid guidelines came out a few months before the agency's recommendations were finalized. Many had strong feelings about them even then.

Over 90% thought the guidelines would be harmful to patients. Many also predicted an increase in patient suicides and that use of heroin and other illegal drugs would increase.

To see the results from our 2015 survey on the CDC guidelines, click here. 

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Have a Survey Idea?

Is your organization trying to reach pain patients or healthcare providers working in pain management?

Conducting an online survey is a great way to measure public attitudes on a variety of pain care issues, while at the same time building brand awareness for your organization. PNN reaches over 1.25 million readers annually.

For more information, contact Pain News Network at editor@painnewsnetwork.org.