2018 Global Year for Excellence in Pain Education:
Professional Education

Professional Education is one of four areas on which the Global Year for Excellence in Pain Education will focus. We will post publications, resources, and information about Global Year events on this page throughout the year, so please check back periodically. Be sure to follow the #GYPainEducation conversation and IASP on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter, and look for Global Year information in PAIN: E-Monthly.

Here are the aims of this domain:

  • Advance interprofessional competencies through integration and accreditation
  • Improve educational delivery through training and resources for teachers
  • Enhance and share culturally sensitive foundational training resources for all health-care providers

Prospectus: Why is change needed in professional education?

Surveys reveal a continuing lack of pain content in health science curricula despite a worldwide need to improve pain management practices. Curricula need to change from focusing on pain as a diagnostic indicator of disease to pain as a multidimensional, complex entity in itself. Read this prospectus on why it is essential to ensure that our graduates have demonstrated proficiency in specific pain care competencies.

IASP Curricula

From 2010 to 2012, nine subgroups of the IASP Education Initiatives Working Group developed pain curriculum outlines based on the four components of the IASP Core Curriculum. A broad range of health-care professionals worldwide contributed to the process. As part of the Global Year initiative in 2017, similar groups reviewed and updated all nine curricula, and the IASP Council has approved the revisions. IASP encourages the use of these curricula for adoption in medical and health professional education as well as for research purposes. 

Pain Management Domains and Core Competencies

An article in Pain Medicine, “Core Competencies for Pain Management: Results of an Interprofessional Consensus Summit,” by Scott M. Fishman and Heather M. Young, et al. (Pain Medicine 2013; 14: 971–981) describes a project aimed at developing core competencies in pain assessment and management for prelicensure health professional education. An interprofessional committee led a consensus-building process to develop such competencies.

The committee conducted an in-depth literature review and held a two-day summit in order to reach consensus. It then categorized the competencies within four domains: multidimensional nature of pain, pain assessment and measurement, management of pain, and context of pain management. These competencies can serve as a foundation for developing, defining, and revising curricula and as a resource for creating learning activities across health professions.

Preventing Chronic Pain: A Human Systems Approach

The University of Minnesota offers a free online multidisciplinary course that uses evidence-based science and creative and experiential learning to help health-care professionals better understand chronic pain conditions and how to prevent them through self-management in our cognitive, behavioral, physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and environmental realms.

7th Annual Pain Awareness Day

This educational conference focusing on the 2018 Global Year For Excellence in Pain Education is aimed at health-care professionals who see the issues associated with such pain first-hand in their interactions with patients. This conference will help those understand multidisciplinary approaches for the treatment of pain by sharing advances in research and innovative strategies for pain management within Alberta, Canada. A variety of topics will be covered: Cannabis Update, A Year in Review; Opioid Crisis Update; Barriers & Educational Solutions in Pain Management. Visit www.pained7.eventbrite.ca for more information.

Irish Pain Society 18th Annual Scientific Meeting

The Irish Pain Society announces an excellent multidisciplinary line up of speakers to compliment the 2018 Global Year for Excellence in Pain Education: Dr. Ipek Yalcin (Basic Science), Ms. Felicia Cox (Nursing), Prof. Hans-Georg Kress (Pain Medicine), Dr. Cormac Ryan (Physiotherapy) and Dr. Jeff Breckon (Psychology). The plenary talks will be followed by an afternoon of master classes, including ultrasound-guided nerve blocks and opioid prescribing, a poster competition and the 4th Annual Irish Pain Research Network Symposium.

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