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Alliance of State Pain Initiatives
The Alliance of State Pain Initiatives (ASPI) is a network of
state-based Pain Initiative organizations that work to remove the
barriers that impede pain relief through education, advocacy and
American Academy of Hospice and Palliative
The Academy is the professional organization for physicians specializing
in hospice and palliative medicine. Membership is also open to nurses
and other healthcare providers who are committed to improving the
quality of life of patients and families facing life-threatening or
American Academy of Orofacial Pain
The American Academy of Orofacial Pain, an organization of health care
professionals, is dedicated to alleviating pain and suffering through
the promotion of excellence in education, research and patient care in
the field of orofacial pain and associated disorders.
American Academy of Pain Management
The American Academy of Pain Management is an inclusive,
interdisciplinary organization serving clinicians who treat people with
pain through education, setting standards of care, and advocacy.
American Academy of Pain Medicine
The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) is the medical specialty
society representing physicians practicing in the field of Pain
Medicine. As a medical specialty society, the Academy is involved in
education, training, advocacy, and research in the specialty of Pain
American Academy of Physical Medicine &
The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is the
national medical society representing more than 7,500 physicians who are
specialists in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation
American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial
The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), the
professional organization representing more than 8,500 oral and
maxillofacial surgeons in the United States, supports its members'
ability to practice their specialty through education, research, and
American Board of Pain Medicine
The American Board of Pain Medicine (ABPM) is committed to the
certification of qualified physicians in the field of Pain Medicine.
American Cancer Society
With chartered divisions throughout the country and over 3,400 local
offices, the American Cancer Society (ACS) is committed to fighting
cancer through balanced programs of research, education, patient
service, advocacy, and rehabilitation.
American Chiropractic Association
The ACA provides lobbying, public relations, professional and
educational opportunities for doctors of chiropractic, funds research
regarding chiropractic and health issues, and offers leadership for the
advancement of the profession.
American Chronic Pain Association
The mission of the ACPA is to 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 to raise
awareness among the health care community, policy makers, and the public
at large about issues of living with chronic pain.
American College of Occupational & Environmental
Founded in 1916, ACOEM is the nation's largest medical society dedicated
to promoting the health of workers through preventive medicine, clinical
care, research, and education.
American College of Obstetricians &
ACOG works primarily in four areas: serving as a strong advocate for
quality health care for women, maintaining the highest standards of
clinical practice and continuing education for its members, promoting
patient education and stimulating patient understanding of and
involvement in medical care, and increasing awareness among its members
and the public of the changing issues facing women's health care.
American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association
The American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association (AFSA) is the
nation’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to funding
research that accelerates the pace of medical discoveries to improve the
quality of life for patients with fibromyalgia.
American Headache Society
The American Headache Society® (AHS) is a professional society of
health care providers dedicated to the study and treatment of headache
and face pain. Founded in 1959, AHS brings together physicians and other
health providers from various fields and specialties to share concepts
and developments about headache and related conditions.
American Headache Society Committee for Headache Education
AHS established ACHE primarily as an educational resource for
physicians, health care providers and patients who seek resources and
educational information on headache and face pain.
American Orthopsychiatric Association
The American Orthopsychiatric Association ("Ortho") is an 80-year old
membership association of mental health professionals concerned with
mental health and social justice. Ortho provides a common ground for
collaborative study, research, and knowledge exchange among individuals
from a variety of disciplines engaged in preventive, treatment, and
advocacy approaches to mental health.
American Osteopathic Association
The AOA is a member association representing more than 61,000
osteopathic physicians (D.O.s). The AOA serves as the primary certifying
body for D.O.s, and is the accrediting agency for all osteopathic
medical colleges and health care facilities.
American Pain Foundation
Founded in 1997, the American Pain Foundation is an independent
nonprofit organization serving people with pain through information,
advocacy, and support. Our mission is to improve the quality of life of
people with pain by raising public awareness, providing practical
information, promoting research, and advocating to remove barriers and
increase access to effective pain management.
American Society of Anesthesiologists
Founded in 1905, the American Society of Anesthesiologists is an
educational, research and scientific association with 43,000 members
organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of
anesthesiology and improve the care of the patient.
American Society of Clinical Oncology
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is a non-profit
organization, founded in 1964, with overarching goals of improving
cancer care and prevention and ensuring that all patients with cancer
receive care of the highest quality.
American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics
The mission of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics is to
provide high-quality scholarship, debate, and critical thought to the
community of professionals at the nexus of law, medicine, and ethics.
American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses
The American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN) is the
professional specialty nursing organization representing the interests
of more than 55,000 nurses practicing in all phases of preanesthesia and
postanesthesia care, ambulatory surgery, and pain management.
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain
The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine is the
premier organization that addresses the clinical and professional
educational needs of physicians and scientists; assures excellence in
patient care utilizing regional anesthesia and pain medicine; and
investigates the scientific basis of the specialty.
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Associacao Medica Brasileira
The AMA is a non-profit society focuses on the scientific, ethical,
social, economic and cultural contributions to the development of health
policy and improving the medical care system in Brazil.
Association for Applied Psychophysiology and
The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) was
founded in 1969 as the Biofeedback Research Society. The goals of the
association are to promote a new understanding of biofeedback and
advance the methods used in this practice.
Association of Anaesthestists of Great Britain and
Primary objectives of this assoication include education, promotion of
research, annual grants, maintaining standards, and publishing of
Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
APHON is the professional organization for pediatric hematology/oncology
nurses and other pediatric hematology/oncology healthcare professionals.
Its members are dedicated to promoting optimal nursing care for
children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer and blood disorders,
and their families. APHON provides the leadership and expertise to
pediatric hematology/oncology nurses by defining and promoting the
highest standards of practice and care to the pediatric, adolescent, and
young adult communities.
Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
ARN's mission is to promote and advance professional rehabilitation
nursing practice through education, advocacy, collaboration, and
research to enhance the quality of life for those affected by disability
and chronic illness.
Australian Neuroscience Society
The ANS is a non-profit organisation of scientists and physicians who
study the brain and nervous system and are actively involved in research
Australian Psychological Society Ltd
The APS is the largest professional association for psychologists in
Australia, representing around 15500 members.
Austrian Society for Gynecology and Obstetrics
The OEGGG is a medical society whose tasks include updating diagnostic
and therapeutic guidelines, and providing training and education.
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BC Cancer Agency
The BC Cancer Agency’s mandate covers the spectrum of cancer care,
from prevention and screening, to diagnosis, treatment, and through to
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Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society
The Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society is dedicated to the advancement
of the medical practice of anesthesia through research, education and
excellence in patient care.
Canadian Cancer Society
The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization
of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the
enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer.
Canadian Chiropractic Association
The mission of The CCA is to help Canadians live healthier lives by
informing the public about the benefits of chiropractic care, by
facilitating chiropractic research, and by advocating for health care
system reform to ensure equitable and accessible health care for all
Canadian Orthopaedic Association
The COA provides continuing medical education, organizes orthopaedic
training centres across Canada, and collaborates with the Royal
College/College of Physicians of Quebec on issues involving orthopaedic
Cancer Research UK
Cancer Research UK is the world's leading independent organisation
dedicated to cancer research. We support research into all aspects of
cancer through the work of more than 4,500 scientists, doctors and
CancerCare is a national nonprofit organization that provides free,
professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: people with
cancer, caregivers, children, loved ones, and the bereaved. CancerCare
programs—including counseling and support groups, education,
financial assistance and practical help—are provided by
professional oncology social workers and are completely free of
Chronic Pain Association of Canada
The Chronic Pain Association of Canada is Canada's largest independent,
not-for-profit charitable organization serving people affected by pain,
through education, information, support advocacy.
Centre for Pediatric Pain Research
The Centre for Pediatric Pain Research is an international leader in
children's pain research. The interdisciplinary research conducted by
the faculty, students, and staff tackles many facets of children's acute
and chronic pain. They are committed to conducting high-quality research
on how to better understand, assess, and manage children's pain and
translating this research into improved practice.
City of Hope
City of Hope is one of only 40 National Cancer Institute-designated
Comprehensive Cancer Centers nationwide and a founding member of the
National Comprehensive Cancer Network. An independent biomedical
research, treatment and education institution, they are a leader in the
fight to conquer cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening
City of Hope Pain and Palliative Care Professional Resource
The purpose of the COH PRC is to serve as a clearinghouse to disseminate
information and resources to assist others in improving the quality of
pain management and end of life care.
Croatian Society for Hospice & Palliative
Croatian Association of friends hospice is a non-profit association,
established to protect human rights while improving the quality of life
of terminally ill people.
Cyprus Association of Cancer Patients and Friends
Their mission is to improve and safeguard the quality of life of cancer
patients and their families.
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Electro Therapy Association
The Electro Therapy Association sponsors seminars on Auriculotherapy, a
non-invasive form of electrical stimulation to the external ear for the
relief of pain and addictive behaviors.
The Endometriosis Association was the first organization in the world
created for those with endometriosis. As an independent self-help
organization of women with endometriosis, doctors, and others interested
in the disease, it is a recognized authority in its field whose goal is
to work toward finding a cure for the disease as well as providing
education, support, and research.
Endometriosis Research Center
Founded by Executive Director Michelle E. Marvel in early 1997, the ERC
strives to improve the quality of life for women and girls with
Endometriosis through our extensive programs and outreach efforts.
The goal of the Endometriosis Association is to work toward finding a
cure for the disease as well as providing education, support, and
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Facial Pain Association
The mission of The Facial Pain Association (formerly The Trigeminal
Neuralgia Association) is to serve as an advocate for patients living
with neuropathic facial pain, including trigeminal neuralgia, by
providing information, encouraging research and offering support.
Fibromyalgia Association UK
FMA UK was established in order to provide information and support to
sufferers and their families. In addition, the Association provides
medical information for professionals and operates a national
Our mission is simple: we aim to educate and assist patients with
ad-free, patient-focused information that they can put to use today. We
strive to make each issue of the Fibromyalgia Network Journal as
accurate as possible, basing articles on published scientific findings,
with many of them reviewed and edited by the experts for accuracy.
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Gemeninsam Gegen Tumorschmerz
Their initiative states "Together against tumor pain" as they would like
to see the improvment of therapeutic care of pain for cancer patients in
Georgian Neuroscience Association
The object of the Association is to foster throughout Georgia
fundamental scientific research contributing to an understanding of the
nervous system, of higher brain functions, biological basis of behavior
and its disorders.
Greater Philadelphia Pain Society
The Greater Philadelphia Pain Society (GPPS) is a non-profit
multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the study of prevention,
diagnosis and rehabilitation of pain disorders and pain-related
disability. GPPS is organized for the education and support of
professionals and organizations concerned with pain and disability and
of pain patients and their families. It also provides a focal point for
GPPS professionals to collaborate and develop greater interdisciplinary
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Help for Headaches
Help For Headaches is a London based non-profit organization and a
registered Canadian charity that is committed to educational services
for those suffering from and treating headaches.
Hospice Association of the Witwatersrand
The Hospice Association of the Witwatersrand offers palliative care
services that focus on the quality of life while promoting physical and
psychosocial well-being for people with active, progressive and advanced
diseases for whom the prognosis is limited.
Hospice Education Institute
The Institute is an independent, not-for-profit organization, serving
members of the public and health care professionals with information and
education about the many facets of caring for the dying and the
Hospital for Sick Children (also known as
SickKids is one of the largest paediatric teaching hospitals in the
world. The hospital has an international reputation for excellence in
health care, research, and teaching. SickKids is committed to improving
the health and well-being of children and youth across Canada and around
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Institute for the Study and Treatment of Pain
The Institute for the Study and Treatment of Pain is a non-profit
organization dedicated to research, treatment, training, and education
in chronic pain.
International Association for Hospice & Palliative
Our Mission is to collaborate and work to improve the quality of life of
patients with advanced life-threatening conditions and their families,
by advancing hospice and palliative care programs, education, research,
and favorable policies around the world.
International Federation of Gynecology and
The mission of FIGO is to promote the well-being of women and their
children and to raise the standard of practice in obstetrics and
gynecology around the world.
International Federation on Ageing
IFA believes in "generating positive change for older people throughout
the world by stimulating, collecting, analyzing and disseminating
information on rights, policies and practices that improve quality of
life of all persons as they age."
International Pelvic Pain Society
The International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS) was incorporated to serve
as a forum for professional and public education about the treatment of
chronic pelvic pain.
International Union Against Cancer
The IUAC develops its work in four strategic directions: cancer
prevention and control, tobacco control, knowledge transfer, and
capacity building and supportive care.
Interstitial Cystitis Association
The Interstitial Cystitis Association (ICA) is committed to finding more
effective treatments and a cure for interstitial cystitis. The ICA
promotes and funds research, educates the medical community and public,
advocates for IC patients, healthcare providers and researchers, and
offers support for IC patients and their families.
Founded in 1979, Island Hospice Services is the oldest Hospice in
Africa. Over the years, Island Hospice has adapted to the changing face
of the disease pattern to expand its activities within its community and
institutional (hospital, clinics, children’s home) based
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The Mesothelioma Center (Asbestos.com)
Asbestos.com is committed to providing the latest, up-to-date
information to our visitors in the hopes of spreading awareness about
the dangers of asbestos cancer (mesothelioma). Their goal is to offer a
one-stop resource on all asbestos and mesothelioma-related issues
ranging from occupational exposure to treatment options.
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National Cancer Institute
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is a component of the National
Institutes of Health (NIH), one of eight agencies that compose the
Public Health Service (PHS) in the Department of Health and Human
Services (DHHS). The NCI, established under the National Cancer
Institute Act of 1937, is the Federal Government's principal agency for
cancer research and training.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
is the Federal Government's lead agency for scientific research on the
diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that
are not generally considered part of conventional medicine.
National Fibromyalgia Association
The National Fibromyalgia Association is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit
organization whose mission is to develop and execute programs dedicated
to improving the quality of life for people with fibromyalgia.
National Fibromyalgia Research Association
The National Fibromyalgia Research Association is a source for
what’s new in fibromyalgia research and education. On their site
you will find fibromyalgia diagnostic criteria and an Informational
Guide. Also available is the newest material regarding the connection
between the central nervous system (Chiari & cervical spinal cord
stenosis) and FM/CFIDS.
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
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is the
largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and
palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The
organization is committed to improving end of life care and expanding
access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of
life for people dying in America and their loved ones.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research
agency—making important medical discoveries that improve health
and save lives.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who
want to do something about MS now—to move together toward a world
free of multiple sclerosis. MS stops people from moving. We exist to
make sure it doesn't.
National Organization for Rare Disorders
The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), a 501(c)3
organization, is a unique federation of voluntary health organizations
dedicated to helping people with rare "orphan" diseases and assisting
the organizations that serve them. NORD is committed to the
identification, treatment, and cure of rare disorders through programs
of education, advocacy, research, and service.
National Pain Foundation
The NPF Mission is to improve the quality of life for those living with
pain through information, education, and support that connects persons
with pain to each other and to those that can help.
National Spinal Cord Injury Association
Founded in 1948, the National Spinal Cord Injury Association is the
nation's oldest and largest civilian organization dedicated to improving
the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of Americans living with
the results of spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D) and their
National Vulvodynia Association
The National Vulvodynia Association (NVA) is a nonprofit organization
created in 1994 to improve the lives of individuals affected by
vulvodynia, a spectrum of chronic vulvar pain disorders.
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Oncology Nursing Society
The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) is a professional organization of
over 37,000 registered nurses and other healthcare providers dedicated
to excellence in patient care, education, research, and administration
in oncology nursing.
Ontario Physiotherapy Association
OPA is committed to leadership in physiotherapy through the provision of
advocacy, professional development and career support services for its
members, enabling them to be successful in their careers and in
providing quality physiotherapy services to the citizens of Ontario.
Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative
The Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine (OCCAM) was
established in October 1998 to coordinate and enhance the activities of
the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in the arena of complementary and
alternative medicine (CAM).
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Pain Concern provides information and support for pain sufferers, those
who care for them and about them.
Pain Relief Foundation
The Pain Relief Foundation is a UK charity which funds research into the
causes and treatment of human chronic pain and is concerned with
education of health professionals about pain management.
PARC: Promoting Awareness of RSD and CRPS in
PARC is a registered charity whose mission is supporting, educating and
informing those with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (formerly called
RSD), their families, friends, the medical profession and the general
public about the utmost importance of early diagnosis and treatment. The
suffering of these persons must also be recognized.
Peripheral Nerve Society
The Peripheral Nerve Society is an international organization of
physicians and scientists working together to develop and provide the
best treatments for people who have peripheral nerve diseases. This goal
is realized by cooperation - supporting research, training scientists
and healthcare professionals, setting standards of care, creating new
treatments, and facilitating clinical trials.
Physiotherapy Pain Association
The PPA was formed to bring together and provide information for
Physiotherapists with the common interest of managing patients with both
acute and long term pain.
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Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association
The Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association (RSDSA) was
founded in 1984 to promote public and professional awareness of Complex
Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), also known as Reflex Sympathetic
Rest Ministries and HopeKeepers
Rest Ministries, Inc. is a non-profit Christian organization that exists
to serve people who live with chronic illness or pain, and their
families, by providing spiritual, emotional, relational, and practical
support through a variety of programs and resources.
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Sickle Cell Disease Association of America
The mission of SCDAA is to advocate for and enhance our membership's
ability to improve the quality of health, life and services for
individuals, families and communities affected by sickle cell disease
and related conditions, while promoting the search for a cure for all
people in the world with sickle cell disease.
Sociedade Brasileira de Neurosciencas e Comportamento
The SBNeC brings together scientists from around the country who have
interests or activities related to the study Nervous System.
Sociedade Portuguesa de Neurologia
The SPN promotes education, scientific research, and sharing scientific
knowledge about neuroscience to improve medical care to people with
Società Italiana Studio Dolore Orofacciale
SISDO is a non-profit organization open to anyone dealing with orofacial
pain both in terms of clinical and basic sciences with the objective of
promoting confrontation and a continuous exchange of knowledge between
Society for Integrative Oncology
The Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) is a non-profit,
multi-disciplinary organization of professionals dedicated to studying
and facilitating cancer treatment and the recovery process through the
use of integrated complementary therapeutic options. Our mission is to
educate oncology professionals, patients, caregivers, and relevant
others about the scientific validity, clinical benefits, toxicities, and
limitations of state-of-the-art integrative therapies.
Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of
The mission of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
is to promote optimal women's health through leadership, collaboration,
education, research and advocacy in the practice of obstetrics and
Southern California Cancer Pain Initiative
Founded in 1993, the Southern California Cancer Pain Initiative (SCCPI)
is a nonprofit volunteer interdisciplinary organization made up of
physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers and many other
professionals dedicated to the relief of cancer pain. SCCPI works
closely with other professional and regulatory agencies to remove
barriers to optimum pain relief.
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Trigeminal Neuralgia Association (UK)
The aims of this association are to provide information and offer
support to members and to raise awareness of trigeminal neuralgia (TN)
amongst medical professionals as well as the general public.
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University of Wisconsin Pain Policy Studies Group
The U.S. program of the Pain & Policy Studies Group is primarily
involved in the collection and evaluation of state policies that govern
pain management, especially prescribing controlled substances to treat
chronic moderate to severe pain.
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Vulvar Pain Foundation
The VP (Vulvar Pain) Foundation was established in 1992 as a non-profit
organization to end the isolation of women suffering from vulvar pain
and related disorders (fibromyalgia, interstitial cystitis, irritable
bowel). The Foundation’s purposes are to give reliable
information, hope, safety, and success to sufferers and their families,
to advance the standard of medical practice in treating vulvar pain
syndrome, and to promote scientific research.
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World Health Organization
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the
United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on
global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms
and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing
technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health