New pain remedy: Public awareness
After spending five months as a Mayday Fund media and public policy fellow, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Associate Professor Patricia Tabloski is making her mark in the public arena. Tabloski was one of only six 2010–11 fellows selected and supported by Mayday, a New York City foundation dedicated to pain research and reduction. Mayday fellows are given intensive training and coaching in media, policy, and leadership. They also work with communications specialists to learn to use the tools needed to take on leadership roles in informing the broader public about pain.
Late last year, Tabloski wrote an op-ed piece, "Death Without Distress," about how and why a dying patient's final days should be enjoyed and savored, for the Boston Herald. In March, she spoke to a group of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center nursing alumni about pain management in orthopedic patients. This spring, she coached actors at the Huntington Theatre in Sons of the Prophet, a new play about young men caring for their elderly, politically incorrect, increasingly dependent uncle who is confined to a wheelchair and dependent on oxygen. Tabloski met with members of Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown's staff to discuss ways to advance nursing education and better reimburse providers who offer end-of-life care to elderly patients. Meanwhile, Tabloski has developed a "pain quiz" that tests and offers tips on pain awareness for the CSON website.