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Introducing a New Global Year Theme
Happy New Year, and welcome to the 2020 Global Year for the Prevention of Pain, where we will focus on primary, secondary as well as tertiary prevention. With the hope of achieving better patient outcomes and contributing to the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) mission of working towards global pain relief, this year’s theme seeks to educate pain researchers, clinicians, and the public, on best practices for pain prevention across disciplines.
As pain professionals, we have the duty of communicating pain prevention methods to patients and the general public, ensuring proper and adequate care of those suffering from chronic pain. We have the responsibility of responding to patient needs and equipping them with tools to manage their pain and improve their quality of life.
Patient engagement has been an important priority in IASP’s strategy. The Global Alliance of Pain Patient Advocates (GAPPA) has been integrated into various IASP activities and will be an important element of Global Year activities.
Geared towards researchers, clinicians, and pain sufferers, the exciting lineup of 2020 Global Year resources include fact sheets, webinars, events, and more. Additionally, PAIN and PAIN Reports will feature Global Year themed articles in each issue. All Global Year content, including featured PAIN and PAIN Reports articles, will be freely accessible; I encourage you to share them widely.
In the last year, IASP has strategically improved engagement with the 94 local IASP chapters, and I invite you to participate in chapter initiatives. By distributing IASP materials, translating resources into your local language, hosting an event, or contributing to IASP webinars or resources, you will help 2020 Global Year have a powerful impact.
Pain prevention is critical to pain relief, and I look forward to seeing how the 2020 Global Year for the Prevention of Pain manifests in IASP’s 47th year of working towards global pain relief.
Lars Arendt-Nielsen, Dr. Med., Phd