Messages Supporting the 2017 Global Year Against Pain After Surgery from IASP Chapters and Other Organizations

Please send your messages of support to globalyear@iasp-pain.org

From the American Pain Society

The American Pain Society recognizes 2017 as the “Global Year Against Pain After Surgery,” as designated by our parent organization the International Association for the Study of Pain. Millions of patients experience pain after surgery each year, and inadequate treatment can prolong postoperative suffering and disability and perhaps lead to chronic pain. Mechanisms of acute post-operative pain and its transition to persistent pain are two important areas of research highlighted in the NIH Federal Pain Research Strategy. As in the treatment of all pains, the American Pain Society encourages multidisciplinary treatment of pain after surgery, including multimodal pharmacological and nonpharmacological approaches. 

From the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists

The Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FPM, ANZCA) enthusiastically endorses the designation of 2017 as the Global Year Against Pain After Surgery by the International Association for the Study of Pain, and the European Federation of IASP Chapters. Treatment of acute postoperative pain is a worthy endeavor in its own right. In addition, reduction in postoperative pain can facilitate early functional restoration and hospital discharge and reduce the likelihood of progression to chronic pain.... Fellows of FPM, ANZCA are actively involved in research and clinical practice related to both acute and chronic postoperative pain. Fellows also actively collaborate with surgeons and other professional groups in advancing best practice in the treatment of postoperative pain. The Faculty welcomes the efforts of the International Association for the Study of Pain to highlight the importance of targeting pain after surgery.

From ChildKind International

ChildKind partners in support of the 2017 IASP Global Year Against Pain After Surgery. Pain after surgery represents an important consideration for surgical providers and patients around the world. This campaign is designed to disseminate information worldwide about pain after surgery. Help us raise awareness about this issue and encourage government leaders, health-care organizations, and other stakeholders to support policies that result in improved management of pain aftger surgery.

From the American Society for Pain Management Nursing

The American Society for Pain Management Nursing is pleased to support the International Association for the Study of Pain and the European Pain Federation in their recognition of 2017 as the Global Year Against Pain After Surgery. Pain is an expected outcome of surgery, yet to date approximately half of patients report inadequate postoperative pain control. The American Society for Pain Management Nursing’s mission is to advance and promote optimal nursing care for people affected by pain by promoting best nursing practices. The best way to accomplish this is to disseminate high-quality evidence-based guidelines that advise the use of multimodal analgesics and non-pharmacologic therapies. By partnering with other like-minded pain management professionals worldwide we can begin to improve quality and outcomes for managing pain after surgery for all patients.​

From the American Academy of Pain Medicine

The American Academy of Pain Medicine applauds the designation of 2017 as the Global Year Against Pain After Surgeryby the International Association for the Study of Pain, and the European Pain Federation. In many patients, acute postoperative pain is followed by short-term and long-term suffering and disability. Effective control of pain both soon and long after surgery improves patient outcomes and quality of life. For these reasons, acute pain has become a focus of research and clinical quality improvement worldwide and (in the United States) a medical fellowship subspecialty. AAPM members have worked on behalf of patients with acute and chronic pain after surgery, often as concurrent members of IASP and its Acute Pain Special Interest Group.

From the American Society of Anesthesiologists

It is encouraging that the Global Year Against Pain After Surgery initiative will promote better pain management through education and increased awareness. As millions of people undergo surgery each year, ASA is pleased IASP will be disseminating information worldwide about pain after surgery, mobilizing its members and forging partnerships with other professional and scientific organizations. (Excerpt of letter of support; read the entire letter here)

From the Irish Faculty of Pain Medicine

The Irish Faculty of Pain Medicine applauds the designation of 2017 as the Global Year Against Pain After Surgery by the International Association for the Study of Pain and the European Pain Federation. Pain after surgery is debilitating and may become chronic. The Irish Faculty of Pain Medicine considers the establishment of acute pain services to be a minimum standard of care, and acute pain training is now instituted into the core curriculum of the National Training Programme in Pain Medicine in Ireland.

From PAIN OUT

PAIN OUT supports the designation of 2017 as The Global Year Against Pain After Surgery by the International Association of the Study of Pain and the European Pain Federation. Pain after surgery is prevalent in a high proportion of patients in high- and low-resource countries. PAIN OUT, as an international network of clinicians and researchers, works with health care providers treating surgical patients, to advance the quality of pain management and to promote clinical research. Efforts such as these should optimize practices so that outcomes reported by patients will become acceptable.

From the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine

On behalf of the more than 4,000 members of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, I am writing to commend IASP on launching the 2017 Global Year Against Pain After Surgery initiative.

Proper diagnosis and treatment of postsurgical pain is critical to avoiding the development of chronic pain, a major health, economic, and social burden on our country. ASRA’s regional anesthesia and acute pain specialists treat the patient throughout the continuum from the preoperative setting through surgery and postoperatively. ASRA also represents pain specialists who are specially trained to manage patients’ chronic pain and play a key role in the fight to avoid overuse of opioids by properly diagnosing and managing pain including consideration of interventional and nonpharmacologic options. ASRA supports IASP’s efforts to work with a wide variety of organizations to educate and share information about these important issues.