The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently released a report titled "Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming
Prevention, Care, Education, and Research" that describes pain as "a national challenge" requiring "a cultural transformation
... to better prevent, assess, treat, and understand pain of all types." Jon Streltzer, M.D., a professor of psychiatry at
the University of Hawaii's John A. Burns School of Medicine, describes the role of psychiatry in pain medicine as important,
"especially with regard to chronic pain, where psychiatric issues are common in the maintenance and severity of the pain.
Psychiatric complications of treatment are also a critical issue."