Ethical and Legal Issues in Pain

The SIG on Ethical and Legal Issues in Pain aims to draw together those involved in the legal process surrounding the subject of pain and has the following objectives:

  • To establish an international forum for the wider discussion of clinical and legal issues in pain.
  • To act as a forum for airing views about the difficulties encountered by clinicians and patients in the different legal/health care systems.
  • To provide guidelines reflecting the need to produce well-structured and clinically comprehensive reports for legal purposes.
  • To ensure that adequate attention is given to pain diagnosis, management, and treatment.
  • To act as a resource to those who act only on an occasional basis.
  • To produce and maintain an updated bibliography on relevant articles.

The IASP SIG on Ethical and Legal Issues in Pain keeps an archive of published newsletters.

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ELIP SIG Satellite Symposium
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Pain Scans and Prescribing: The State v. People in Pain
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Past Meeting

August 24-25, 2012, Lake Como, Italy
"Contemporary Medicolegal Issues and Pain," official satellite symposium of the 14th World Congress on Pain. Hosted by the Special Interest Group on Clinical-Legal Issues in Pain.


Discussion Forum

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Officers [Term 2018-2020]

Chair: Owen Williamson (Canada)

Vice Chair: N/A

Past Chair: N/A

Treasurer: George Mendelson (Australia)

Secretary: Carolyn Arnold (Australia)

Newsletter co-editors: Melita Giummarra (Australia)

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