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Social Aspects of Pain


[Term 2022-2024]

Co-Chair: Joanna McParland
Co-Chair: Adam Hirsh
Vice Chair: TBD
Past Chair: Claire Ashton-James
Treasurer: Kai Karos
Secretary: Claire Ashton-James

The Social Aspects of Pain Special Interest Group (SocSIG) aims to:

  • Raise awareness and understanding of the social context of pain within the IASP community and the community at large.
  • Provide a forum for interdisciplinary researchers with a common interest in social aspects of pain and pain management to connect with each other, exchange ideas, and discuss advances in our understanding of social contributors to and consequences of acute and chronic pain.
  • Foster collaboration between basic and clinical researchers to demonstrate how social factors can be harnessed to improve pain management.
  • Facilitate international and interdisciplinary collaborations among researchers and clinicians with a common interest in the social context of pain.

SocSIG plans to achieve these aims by:

  • Bringing together groups of researchers to conduct systematic reviews of social interventions for acute and chronic pain management.
  • Providing a discussion forum for clinicians and researchers to connect with each other.
  • Holding satellite meetings and workshops at bi-annual IASP World Congress Meetings.
  • Promoting meetings, workshops, symposia, and events that are relevant to SIG members.

Meet the Committee


For more information about the Social Aspects of Pain Special Interest Group, contact IASP at: iaspdesk@iasp-pain.org

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