Acute Pain

The SIG on Acute Pain advances and promotes the understanding of mechanisms, assessment, prevention, and management of acute pain through the following activities:

  • Collaboration between basic and clinical research.
  • Study of the underlying mechanisms of acute pain, including the transition from acute to chronic pain, and the implications of acute pain therapy for clinical outcome and quality of life.
  • Exchange of guideline developments, its methodology and implementation strategies.
  • Exchange of information and experience about the assessment and treatment of acute pain, both within IASP and in exchanges with other national and international NGOs such as the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists.
  • Identification and implementation of programs to minimize the development of acute pain and related suffering.
  • Furthering the educational objectives of the SIG via international meetings, an annual symposium, workshops at IASP World Congresses, Congress satellite meetings, a newsletter, and the IASP website.



The IASP SIG on Acute Pain keeps an archive of newsletters.

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Upcoming Meetings

APSIG Satellite Meeting at  the 17th World Congress on Pain in Boston. More details to come.

Past Meetings

September 5, 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark
"Pain After Surgery," satellite symposium at the 10th Congress of the European Pain Federation EFIC. View Minutes.

September 25, 2016, Yokohama, Japan
"Are Perioperative Opioids Obsolete?" official satellite symposium of the 16th World Congress on Pain. View Minutes.
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August 26, 2012, Milan, Italy
"The Challenges of Acute Pain Management," official satellite symposium of the 14th World Congress on Pain

Discussion Forum

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Term 2016-2018

Chair: Stephan Schug (Australia)
Vice Chair: Esther Pogatzki-Zahn (Germany)
Treasurer: Audun Stubhaug (Norway)
Secretary: Jane Quinlan (UK)
Newsletter editor: vacancy
Newsletter co-editors: Babita Ghai (India) and vacancy
Liaisons to PAIN OUT: Ruth Zaslansky (Germany) and Winfried Meissner (Germany)
Liaison to IASP Council: TBA
Liaison to Education SIG: Elizabeth Ogboli Nwasor (Nigeria)
Liaison to World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists: Sean Chetty (South Africa)

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