2015 Senate Report Language
For over 20 consecutive years, YOUR TMJA's advocacy efforts have resulted in Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Services Appropriations Subcommittee report language for TMD. Report language is vital as it tells agencies of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that elected officials are concerned about specific issues. This directive has a powerful influence on the decisions made by the government agencies, including increased funding of scientific research. We're pleased to provide you with the 2015 Senate report language that was issued to the Office of the Director at the National Institutes of Health for TMD and Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions.
Temporomandibular Disorders [TMD]
The Committee appreciates the collaboration of National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases and National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering with National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research in organizing the May 2013 Roundtable on The Temporomandibular Joint in Health and Disease. A panel of experts from a variety of fields, many outside of dentistry, reviewed the state of the science on the jaw and associated muscles and developed a list of research recommendations. The Committee encourages NIH and its roundtable co-sponsors to work collaboratively to implement the recommendations and recruit the intellectual and scientific talent necessary to resolve the outstanding issues of diagnosis and treatment.
Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions
The Committee continues to support strongly an expanded and coordinated trans-NIH research effort on chronic overlapping pain conditions that solely or predominantly affect women. The Committee urges NIH to establish research standards for chronic overlapping pain conditions. This includes the development of a case definition, research diagnostic criteria, and a data repository. The Committee requests that NIH provide an update in the fiscal year 2016 CJ on the common data elements and outcome measures being developed. Further, the Committee commends the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for its ongoing initiative, ''Multi-disciplinary Approach to the Study of Chronic Pelvic Pain [MAPP]'' Research Network, and encourages NIH to expand the network to include additional chronic overlapping pain conditions in the second phase of the initiative.