Berkshire Health Systems operates the New England Pain Practice at the Hillcrest Campus of Berkshire Medical Center and also maintains practices in the specialties of behavioral health, substance abuse treatment (at the McGee Unit and in collaboration with the Brien Center for Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services), rehabilitative medicine, emergency medicine, rheumatology, neurology and neurosurgery. Collectively, providers in these specialties along with other community providers have collected or created the information for this Pain Care Resource Manual. The Pain Care Resource Manual is designed to serve as a clinical toolbox for Berkshire County practitioners, providing best practices guidelines for the assessment and treatment of the chronic pain patient, suggested forms and other resources to assist in the management of those patients, and informational aids useful in responding to situations of suspected misuse or diversion of pain medication. The Pain Care Resource Manual is intended to be an evolving document, updated as needed, and the Community Pain Management Project welcomes comment and suggested improvements to the Pain Care Resource Manual from any of its users.
The Pain Care Resource Manual is divided into eight discrete sections and includes information, advice and tools concerning: