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Global Alliance of Partners for Pain Advocacy (GAPPA) is creating partnerships between people with lived experience of pain, patient advocates, researchers, and clinicians around the world, to advance the study, understanding, and treatment of pain.

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Mission and Vision

Together we help those living with pain not just live but live well.

GAPPA’s vision is to work together to improve the lives of people affected by pain through effective and equitable integration of the lived pain experience into all aspects of pain research, management, education, and advocacy, across the world, for all people.

Its mission is to bring together patient advocates, patient organizations, scientists, clinicians, healthcare providers, and policymakers to create better outcomes in the awareness, understanding, research, teaching, assessment, and management of pain throughout the world.

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GAPPA’s expertise makes them exceptional collaborators on many research projects that align with their values and aims. One of GAPPA’s main goals is facilitating connections between researchers and those living with pain.

GAPPA has already established meaningful partnerships with researchers in the United States, Canada, and New Zealand focused on patient-centered outcomes in everything from opioid tapering through storytelling to exploring the crossroads between sociology and chronic pain. If you are interested in collaborating with GAPPA on a research project, please contact us.


Patients as Partners in Research

The Amsterdam Principles

GAPPA’s Amsterdam Principles, the result of many meetings, discussions, and email exchanges, guide the organization forward and include overarching, governance, leadership, membership, and voting principles.

The following principles have been agreed by the GAPPA Task Force, and are proposed to IASP Council towards the establishment of GAPPA as a foundation related to IASP.

Together, they are termed “The Amsterdam Principles”.

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UPLiFT Conference

 GAPPA's UPLiFT Conference will connect people across disciplines and pain conditions to further the equitable integration of the lived experience of pain into all aspects of pain research, education, advocacy, and treatment.


Browse a list of resources relevant to people living with chronic conditions that cause pain.

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Become a member of GAPPA

Your experience matters. Join GAPPA today!

By becoming a member of GAPPA, you can take charge of your health and make your voice heard.