Pain Exhibit

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The PAIN Exhibit "is an educational, visual arts exhibit from artists with chronic pain with their art expressing some facet of the pain experience. The mission of the PAIN Exhibit is to educate health care providers and the public about chronic pain through art," and to give a voice to those who have chronic pain.[1]

The undertreatment of pain is a public health issue[2] with an estimated 75 million Americans suffering from chronic nonmalignant pain.[3]

The PAIN Exhibit was started in 2001 by Mark Collen, and the website was created by James Gregory. The site was launched March 8, 2004 and is available in both English and Spanish languages. currently contains 92 art images which are divided amongst nine themes.[1]

Since its inception in 2001, Mark Collen has worked to further the mission of the PAIN Exhibit by writing articles for pain publications,[4][5][6][7][8][9][10] as well as producing the patient brochure, “So You’ve Got Chronic Pain…What’s Next?” which was edited by Steven Feinberg, MD.[2]


Since 2003, the PAIN Exhibit has been included in over two dozen publications, including the Sacramento News and Review,[11] the Sacramento Bee,[12] the Buenos Aires Herald,[13] and the New York Times.[14]

PAIN Exhibit art images have donned 19 covers on pain journals. It has been featured on the cover of The Pain Practitioner,[15] Arts and Learning Research Journal,[16] and PAIN.[17] PAIN Exhibit art also appeared regularly on the cover of the Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy between 2005 and 2008.[18]

Other articles covering the PAIN Exhibit include the Brazilian publication IstoE’ and an Italian publication Panorama.


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  3. ^ Adams NJ, Plane MB, Fleming MF, Mundt MP, Saunders LA, Stauffacher EA (September 2001). "Opioids and the treatment of chronic pain in a primary care sample". J Pain Symptom Manage. 22 (3): 791–6. PMID 11532592. doi:10.1016/S0885-3924(01)00320-7. 
  4. ^ Collen M (2008). "The case for Pain Insomnia Depression Syndrome (PIDS): a symptom cluster in chronic nonmalignant pain". J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother. 22 (3): 221–5. PMID 19042853. doi:10.1080/15360280802251231. 
  5. ^ Collen M (Nov–Dec 2007). "Placebos in Pain Management". Practical Pain Management. 7 (2): 28–9. 
  6. ^ Collen M (2007). "In my opinion... opioid tolerance". J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother. 21 (1): 35–7. PMID 17430828. doi:10.1080/j354v21n01_08. 
  7. ^ Collen M (Summer 2006). "Art and Pain" (PDF). The Pain Practitioner. 16 (2): 75. 
  8. ^ Collen M (2009). "Opioid contracts and random drug testing for people with chronic pain - think twice". J Law Med Ethics. 37 (4): 841–5. PMID 20122120. doi:10.1111/j.1748-720X.2009.00455.x. 
  9. ^ Collen M (December 2009). "Analysis of controlled substance agreements from private practice physicians". J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother. 23 (4): 357–64. PMID 19947834. doi:10.3109/15360280903324127. 
  10. ^ Collen M (2010). "FDA’s Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies Program – Proceed with Extreme Caution". Practical Pain Management. 10 (2): 50–1. 
  11. ^ McCormack, John. "Everybody Hurts". Sacramento News and Review July 29, 2004.
  12. ^ McManis, Sam. "Sacramentan paints a picture of chronic pain". Sacramento Bee May 7, 2008.
  13. ^ Green, Juliana. "The art of dealing with chronic pain". Buenos Aires Herald May 20, 2004.
  14. ^ Parker-Pope, Tara (April 22, 2008). "Pain as an art form". New York Times. 
  15. ^ The Pain Practitioner. American Academy of Pain Management. 26 (3): Cover. 2006.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ Arts and Learning Research Journal. 22 (1): Cover. 2006.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ Pain. The International Association for the Study of Pain. 132 (1): Cover. 2007.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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    J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother. 19 (3): Cover. 2005  Missing or empty |title= (help)
    J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother. 20 (3): Cover. 2006  Missing or empty |title= (help)
    J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother. 21 (3): Cover. 2007  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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