This is a sponsored post. Salix Pharmaceuticals compensated me for this post. All opinions are my own. Certain product information has been included to meet regulations.
Having been a communicator for most of my career, I understand the importance of words. Having been diagnosed with RA for almost a decade, I know that the words we use with our doctors are crucial.
Doctors are used to hearing about pain in a clinical setting. However, Salix Pharmaceuticals took that discussion out of the medical facility and put a very personal and graphic twist on the conversation. Salix brought chronic pain patient influencers and health care providers (HCPs) together at a recent forum to discuss opioid induced constipation (OIC) and specifically the features, benefits and risks of Salix’s OIC treatment for appropriate patients.
A linchpin of the discussion was the results of Salix’s survey done in partnership with the U.S. Pain Foundation (discussed further below). The patient influencers were asked to interpret the personal meaning of these statistics into artwork. The fact that these images were then shared with HCPs is, to me, incredibly powerful. This was a new way to see the issue; not a typical discussion with a patient. The artwork pieces were tangible interpretations of OIC statistics created by people who live with chronic pain. I believe this kind of interaction helps break down the communication barriers between HCPs and patients and can bring a much better understanding about OIC and its effects.
Patient influencers transformed statistics into meaningful artwork that was shared with healthcare providers.
While I’ve researched both pain statistics and the opioid “crisis” situation, I’ve only paid slight attention to OIC. I’ve had the occasional (really awful) experiences with OIC while on opioids and that’s convinced me to avoid the subject as much as possible. I do know that OIC is a significant issue for many people, complicating the lives of patients already living with chronic pain. I was therefore surprised to read some of the information revealed by the survey.