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. Access to the documents is restricted to IASP members.

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.

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