IASP eNewsletter - Jun 2014

Thai Association Looks to Advance Core Pain Curriculum

Since the founding of the Thai Association for the Study of Pain (TASP) in 1990 by a group of health-care professionals interested in pain management, pain education in Thailand has developed gradually but consistently. A group of medical specialists, dentists, and clinical pharmacists dedicated to improving pain management have worked together in the TASP with commitment to hold regular academic meetings and social activities and provide clinical practice guidelines or guidance for the management of pain.

Movement of the TASP has drawn attention from government and nongovernment agencies alike. The TASP committee realized that the core curriculum of pain management was not established in Thai medical education, especially for the undergraduates. The president of the TASP, Chuthamanee Suthisisang, BPharm Ph.D., established a committee to develop a strategic plan for a core pain curriculum in 2012. A subcommittee, led by Supranee Niruthisard, M.D., vice-president of the TASP, and Kongkiat Kulkantrakorn, M.D., scientific president of TASP, decided first to produce the core pain curriculum by using the Pain Management Core Curriculum for German Medical Students (2008) as a model. They believed new health-care personnel in pain fields would find it easy to understand.

A “training of trainers” program was provided in February to advance the effort and is now being evaluated. The development of pain education in Thailand is still a work in progress. We are looking forward to having the core pain curriculum formally implemented in medical and health-care education programs.   

Thailand Core Pain Curriculum