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NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clearinghouse

The NCCAM Clearinghouse provides information on complementary and alternative medicine, including publications and searches of Federal databases of scientific and medical literature. The clearinghouse does not provide medical advice, treatment recommendations, or referrals to practitioners. The Clearinghouse is staffed by trained Information Specialists Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. ET.

Review Date: July 13, 2011

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NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke - NINDS

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) was originally established in 1950. The NINDS conducts and supports research and research training on the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of neurological disorders and stroke. The Institute awards grants for research projects, program projects, and center grants; provides training support to institutions and fellowships to individuals in the fields of neurological disorders and stroke; conducts intramural and collaborative research; and collects and disseminates research information. Requests for information should be directed to the Office of Communications and Public Liaison.

Review Date: July 26, 2011

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American Academy of Pain Management

The American Academy of Pain Management is the largest Pain Organization in the United States. Academy Membership is 6,000 strong and growing. The Academy provides credentialing, accreditation of facilities, networking opportunities, continuing education, quality publications and an annual clinical meeting. It is the goal of the American Academy of Pain Management to bring together the many professionals who work with individuals in pain and to assist in the creation of quality services for those individuals. The intent of the American Academy of Pain Management is to be inclusionary and not restrictive to any specialty.

Review Date: June 01, 2010

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American Chronic Pain Association

For the past 30 years, the American Chronic Pain Association has been helping people live fuller lives in spite of their pain. Their goal is to provide people with the tools they need, in addition to what their health care providers offer, so that they can improve their skills in the self-management of chronic pain. The ACPA focuses on helping the person with pain become an active partner on the health care team. ACPA's mission is to: 1) Facilitate peer support and education for individuals with chronic pain and their families so that these individuals may live more fully in spite of their pain, and 2) To raise awareness among the health care community, policy makers, and the public at large about issues of living with chronic pain.

Review Date: February 06, 2009

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American College of Physicians

The mission of the American College of Physicians (ACP) is to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine. ACP membership includes over 118,000 physicians in general internal medicine and related subspecialties, including cardiology, gastroenterology, nephrology, endocrinology, hematology, rheumatology, neurology, pulmonary disease, oncology, infectious diseases, allergy and immunology, and geriatrics.

Review Date: August 23, 2010

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American Headache Society Committee for Headache Education

The American Headache Society Committee on Headache Education (ACHE) is a nonprofit patient-health professional partnership dedicated to advancing the treatment and management of patients with headache. ACHE serves as an educational resource for health care providers who seek patient information materials, tools, and resources to help educate and support their patients and their families who are affected by disabling headache. These educational materials also may be useful to health policy makers, employers, opinion leaders, schools, and families of headache sufferers.

Review Date: June 21, 2011

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American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.

The American Occupational Therapy Association is a national professional society established in 1917 to represent the interests and concerns of occupational therapy practitioners, and to improve the quality of occupational therapy services. Occupational therapy is a vital health care service whose practitioners help to restore and sustain the highest quality of productive life to persons recovering from illnesses or injuries, or coping with developmental disabilities or changes resulting from the aging process. Current AOTA membership numbers approximately 42,000, including occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and occupational therapy students. Members reside in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 65 foreign countries. AOTA's major programs and activities are directed toward assuring the quality of occupational services; improving consumer access to healthcare services, and promoting the professional development of members.

Review Date: February 14, 2013

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American Society for the Alexander Technique

The American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) is the largest professional association of certified Alexander Technique teachers in the United States. AmSAT is an educational, nonsectarian, nondiscriminatory organization which has been incorporated in New York as a general not-for-profit corporation. AmSAT is a resource for information about the Alexander Technique and it provies educational support services for its members.

Review Date: September 19, 2011

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Fibromyalgia Network

Fibromyalgia Network is a full-service self-help organization which provides information for patients with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). A membership with Fibromyalgia Network includes a quarterly FMS/CFS Health Journal with the latest information based on interviews with the experts, reviews of research conferences, and medical journal reports. The Fibromyalgia Network Health Journal also contains self-help articles based on the patient surveys and is reviewed for accuracy by the experts.

Review Date: April 29, 2011

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International Pelvic Pain Society

In 1995 a group of physicians met to discuss their common interest in treating one of the most difficult of clinical problems, chronic pelvic pain. From the beginning, gynecologist, urologist, psychologist and other health professionals have been committed to an interdisciplinary approach to the treatment of chronic pelvic pain. After two years, the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS) was incorporated to serve as a forum for professional and public education.

Review Date: February 08, 2012

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National Headache Foundation

The National Headache Foundation exists to enhance the healthcare of headache sufferers. It is a source of help to sufferers' families, physicians who treat headache sufferers, allied healthcare professionals and to the public. The NHF accomplishes its mission by providing educational and informational resources, supporting headache research and advocating for the understanding of headache as a legitimate neurobiological disease.

Review Date: January 19, 2011

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National Pain Foundation

The National Pain Foundation (NPF), a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 1998 to advance functional recovery of persons in pain through information, education and support. The goal of NPF is to empower patients by helping them become actively involved in the design of their treatment plan, exploring both traditional and complementary approaches to pain management. The National Pain Foundation provides an easy-to-use source of information and support for pain patients and their families. Through education, materials and programs, the NPF works to erase the stigma associated with pain and pain treatment. The NPF web site and other materials offer information about chronic pain conditions such as arthritis and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) or reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD).

Review Date: September 19, 2011

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National Vulvodynia Association

The National Vulvodynia Association (NVA), a non-profit organization founded in 1994, educates the patient and medical communities about vulvodynia, a chronic vulvar pain without an identifiable cause. NVA provides lists of medical professionals, funds research on causes and treatment, and lobbies for federal research funding.

Review Date: April 21, 2011

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Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association

The Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association (RSDSA) is a nonprofit professional and consumer organization founded in 1984 to support research into the cause, treatment, and cure of reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome, also known as Complex Reginal Pain Syndrome (CRPS), a multi-symptom syndrome usually affecting one or more of the extremities, although any part of the body may be affected. The only common symptom in all patients is pain. RSDSA funds research into the cause and cure of this syndrome, helps organize support groups, promote awareness among health professionals, and develop educational forums and conventions.

Review Date: August 29, 2011

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The Center to Advance Palliative Care

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) provides health care professionals with the tools, training, and technical assistance necessary to start and sustain successful palliative care programs in hospitals and other health care settings. Located in New York City, CAPC is a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality palliative care services for people facing serious, complex illness.

Review Date: November 03, 2011

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TNA The Facial Pain Association

The Facial Pain Association (formerly The Trigeminal Neuralgia Association (TNA)) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit voluntary health organization, serving patients worldwide who suffer from neuropathic face pain, including Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN), their families, and the physicians, dentists and healthcare providers who treat them. TNA was founded in 1990 by a group of TN patients and their spouses with the mission to improve the quality of life of TN patients through programs that empower patients to become knowledgeable about their condition and treatment options, that aid patients with chronic pain, that educate non-specialists on matters of diagnosis and treatment, and that encourage relevant medical research.

Review Date: September 28, 2011

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