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Acute Pain


[Term 2018-2022]

Chair: Esther Pogatzki-Zahn (Germany)
Vice Chair: Patricia Lavand’homme (Belgium)
Past Chair: Stephan Schug (Australia)
Treasurer: Audun Stubhaug (Norway)
Secretary: Jane Quinlan (United Kingdom)
Newsletter co-editors: Babita Ghai (India) and Felicia Cox (United Kingdom)

The SIG on Acute Pain advances and promotes the understanding of mechanisms, assessment, prevention, and management of acute pain through the following activities:

  • Collaboration between basic and clinical research.
  • Study of the underlying mechanisms of acute pain, including the transition from acute to chronic pain, and the implications of acute pain therapy for clinical outcome and quality of life.
  • Exchange of guideline developments, its methodology and implementation strategies.
  • Exchange of information and experience about the assessment and treatment of acute pain, both within IASP and in exchanges with other national and international NGOs such as the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists.
  • Identification and implementation of programs to minimize the development of acute pain and related suffering.
  • Furthering the educational objectives of the SIG via international meetings, an annual symposium, workshops at IASP World Congresses, Congress satellite meetings, a newsletter, and the IASP website.


Prevention of Chronic Pain After Surgery


  • Bigalke S, Maeßen TV, Schnabel K, Kaiser U, Segelcke D, Meyer-Frießem CH, Liedgens H, Macháček PA, Zahn PK, Pogatzki-Zahn EM. Assessing outcome in postoperative pain trials: are we missing the point? A systematic review of pain-related outcome domains reported in studies early after total knee arthroplasty. Pain. 2021 Jan 20. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000002209. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33492036.
  • Schug SA, Lavand'homme P, Barke A, Korwisi B, Rief W, Treede RD; IASP Taskforce for the Classification of Chronic Pain. The IASP classification of chronic pain for ICD-11: chronic postsurgical or posttraumatic pain. Pain. 2019 Jan;160(1):45-52. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001413. PMID: 30586070.
  • Levy, N., Quinlan, J., El‐Boghdadly, K., Fawcett, W.J., Agarwal, V., Bastable, R.B., Cox, F.J., de Boer, H.D., Dowdy, S.C., Hattingh, K., Knaggs, R.D., Mariano, E.R., Pelosi, P., Scott, M.J., Lobo, D.N. and Macintyre, P.E. (2021), An international multidisciplinary consensus statement on the prevention of opioid‐related harm in adult surgical patients. Anaesthesia, 76: 520-536. https://doi.org/10.1111/anae.15262
  • Foo, I., Macfarlane, A.J.R., Srivastava, D., Bhaskar, A., Barker, H., Knaggs, R., Eipe, N. and Smith, A.F. (2021), The use of intravenous lidocaine for postoperative pain and recovery: international consensus statement on efficacy and safety. Anaesthesia, 76: 238-250. https://doi.org/10.1111/anae.15270



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