Social Aspects of Pain (SocSIG) – IASP’s New Special Interest Group

Oct 9, 2018

IASP members have a new Special Interest Group (SIG) to join – Social Aspects of Pain (SocSIG).

The mission of the SocSIG is:
To harness advances in research on social contributor and consequences of pain (including intrapersonal, interpersonal, familial, group, occupational, societal and cultural) to improve pain management.

The goals of the (SocSIG) are to:

  • Raise awareness and understanding of the social context of pain within the IASP community and the community at large
  • Provide a forum for interdisciplinary researchers with a common interest in social aspects of pain and pain management to connect with each other, exchange ideas, and discuss advances in our understanding of social contributors to and consequences of acute and chronic pain
  • Foster collaboration between basic and clinical researchers to demonstrate ways in which social factors can be harnessed to improve pain management
  • Facilitate international and interdisciplinary collaborations among researchers and clinicians with a common interest in the social context of pain

The SocSIG plans to achieve these goals by:

  • Bringing together groups of researchers to conduct systematic reviews of social interventions for acute and chronic pain management
  • Providing a discussion forum for clinicians and researchers to connect with each other
  • Holding satellite meetings and workshops at bi-annual IASP World Congress Meetings
  • Promoting meetings, workshops, symposia, and events that are relevant to SIG members

Dr. Claire Ashton-James of the University of Sydney (Australia) is the founding chair of the SIG.

All IASP members are encouraged to join and get involved.