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Pain Related to Torture, Organized Violence, and War

Members

[Term 2018-2021]

Chair: Amanda Williams (UK)
Vice Chair: Dominic Aldington (UK)
Past Chair: Fernando Cervero (UK)
Secretary: Ken Craig (Canada)
Research Officer: Lester Jones (Singapore)

In 2009, the IASP Special Interest Group on Pain Related to Torture, Organized Violence, and War presented a resolution condemning torture in any form by IASP members. See more at IASP Declaration on Torture.

The SIG on Pain Related to Torture, Organized Violence, and War aims to:

  • Promote the recognition and appropriate treatment of pain resulting from torture, organized violence, and war.
  • Promote mutual education and training of health care workers who care for survivors of torture, organized violence, and war.
  • Promote liaison and exchange of information between pain treatment services and organizations working with survivors of torture, organized violence, and war.
  • Foster research on all aspects of pain resulting from torture, organized violence, and war.
  • Establish an international forum within the pain field for discussion and action, using knowledge about pain to mitigate the health effects of torture, organized violence, and war.

RESOURCES

For Survivors of Torture and Organised Violence

For Military Veterans

  • Morgan L, Aldington D. Comorbid chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder in UK veterans: a lot of theory but not enough evidence. British Journal of Pain 2020 Nov;14(4):256–62.
  • Bair MJ, Outcalt SD, Ang D, Wu J, Yu Z. Pain and psychological outcomes among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with chronic Pain and PTSD: ESCAPE Trial longitudinal results. Pain Medicine 2020 Nov 7;21(7):1369–76.
  • Oliva EM, Bowe T, Manhapra A, Kertesz S, Hah JM, Henderson P, et al. Associations between stopping prescriptions for opioids, length of opioid treatment, and overdose or suicide deaths in US veterans: observational evaluation. BMJ 2020 Mar 4;368:m283.

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