PAIN: Clinical Updates

PAIN: Clinical Updates provides timely and accurate information about pain management and therapy six times a year. Browse the archives for back issues on a wide array of topics, including many related to the Global Year Against Pain.

Many editions in the archives are translated from English into various languages. We would be delighted to work with you to translate any edition. Please contact to offer translation help.

IASP mails printed copies of every edition of PAIN: Clinical Updates to all members. If you no longer would like to receive the printed edition, please send an email to  All editions are free downloadable pdfs and are saved in the archives.

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Current Issues

PAIN: Clinical Updates

Acute Pain Management in Patients With Drug Dependence Syndrome

April 2017, Vol. 25, No. 1

This edition of PAIN: Clinical Updates addresses the following themes:

  • The stigma associated with addiction, often fueled by misinformation or prejudice on the part of health-care professionals, is often a barrier to good medical care for those with a current or past history of dependence. This edition of PAIN: Clinical Updates describes the concerns in treating acute pain in patients with drug dependence syndrome; key issues to assess in hospital admissions, and principles of acute pain management in opioid-dependent patients.

Featured Authors:

Jane Quinlan, FRCA, FFPMRCA and Felicia Cox, RN

PAIN: Clinical Updates

Persistent Pain in Cancer Survivors: Pathogenesis and Treatment Options

September 2016, Vol. 24, No. 4

This edition of PAIN: Clinical Updates addresses the following themes:

  • Improvements in oncological treatments combined with an aging population are leading to an increase in the number of cancer survivors.
  • Pain is common in cancer survivors and may arise due to the underlying condition, its treatment, or both. Pain states unrelated to the cancer may also be encountered in this patient population.
  • Management of pain in cancer survivors is complex, with a paucity of evidence to support specific interventions.
  • Fear of recurrence may add to the challenge of successfully controlling pain in cancer survivors.

A Spanish translation by Alex Barroso is available here

Featured Authors:

Paul Farquhar-Smith, PhD, MA, MBBS, FRCA, FFPMRCA and Matthew R.D. Brown, MBBS, MRCS, FRCA, FFPMRCA

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PAIN: Clinical Updates publishes timely topics in pain research and treatment. IASP has not verified the information, opinions, findings, or conclusions it presents. Thus, opinions PAIN: Clinical Updates express do not necessarily reflect those of IASP or of the association’s officers or councilors. IASP assumes no responsibility for any injury and/or damage to persons or property as a matter of product liability, negligence, or from any use of any methods, products, instruction, or ideas that appear in PAIN: Clinical Updates. Because of rapid advances in the medical sciences, IASP recommends independent verification of any diagnoses or drug dosages.

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