IASP Sponsors Global Year Against Orofacial Pain

Oct 21, 2013

Initiative promotes better orofacial pain management through increased awareness

The Global Year Against Orofacial Pain launches today, bringing global attention to pain that is perceived in the face and/or oral cavity, caused by diseases or disorder of regional structures, by dysfunction of the nervous system, or through referral from distant sources. Sponsored by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), the 12‐month campaign focuses on education for health care professionals and government leaders as well as public awareness.

Orofacial pain is caused by diseases or disorders of regional structures, by dysfunction of the nervous system, or through referral from distant sources. Treatment of orofacial pain is a specialty in dentistry in many parts of the world and an emerging area of specialization in others. One organized diagnostic approach categorizes orofacial pain into four groups based on the underlying pain mechanisms—namely, musculoskeletal, neuropathic, neurovascular, and psychogenic pain.

Led by IASP’s Special Interest Group on Orofacial Pain, the initiative will mobilize IASP's 8,000+ members and 90 national chapters, and forge partnerships with other organizations, to:

  • disseminate information about orofacial pain worldwide;
  • educate pain researchers as well as health care professionals who see the issues associated with orofacial pain firsthand in their interactions with patients;
  • increase awareness of orofacial pain among government officials, members of the media, and the general public worldwide; and
  • encourage government leaders, research institutions, and others to support policies that result in improved pain treatment for people with orofacial pain.

As part of the Global Year Against orofacial Pain, IASP offers a series of fact sheets for clinicians and health care professionals that cover specific topics related to orofacial pain. These fact sheets are translated into multiple languages and available for free download. Also available on the web is a page of resources including links and free posters promoting the Global Year. Throughout the coming year, IASP and its chapters sponsor meetings, symposia, media interviews, publications, and other efforts to promote education on issues surrounding orofacial pain. For more information, visit: www.iasp‐pain.org/GlobalYear/orofacialpain.