CDC Participate in Stakeholder Conversations: Management of Acute and Chronic Pain

The CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control is notifying you about the posting of a notice in the Federal Register to solicit input from several stakeholder groups through individual conversations. Through the notice, which closes August 21st, CDC is looking for volunteers to participate in those conversations and share their perspectives. Conversations with approximately 100 stakeholders (chosen at random from FRN respondents) will take place over the phone or through an internet-enabled virtual platform during the month of September.

We are seeking stakeholders from the following groups to participate:

• patients with acute or chronic pain

• patients’ family members and/or caregivers

• clinicians who care for patients with pain or conditions that can complicate pain management (e.g., opioid use disorder or overdose).

Through this opportunity, CDC is seeking stakeholders’ perspectives on and experiences with pain and pain management, including but not limited to the benefits and harms of opioid use.

Input gathered through these conversations will help CDC understand stakeholders’ values and preferences related to pain and pain management and will complement CDC’s ongoing work to update or expand the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, published in 2016 (available at

These conversations are intended to supplement the efforts of CDC’s prior FRN, Management of Acute and Chronic Pain: Request for Comment, which was posted to the Federal Register between April and June 2020 and solicited written public comment on the same topics.

Individuals interested in participating in this opportunity should follow the instructions provided in the Federal Register Notice:

If you have any additional questions about this public comment opportunity, please email