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2023 Nov 01





Beyond the study of pain: the evolving role of the International Association for the Study of Pain in global advocacy.


Arendt Nielsen L, Belton J, Cardosa M


Although founded on the basis of the study of pain, the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) has actively advocated for improving pain relief and access to pain management in a variety of ways. The Global Year was launched in 2004 and has continued with a different theme each year, and “Pain Awareness Month” is held every September. The Declaration of Montreal (2010) emphasized that access to pain management is a fundamental human right as a result from the IASP-hosted International Pain Summit. The IASP has continued to publish timely statements related to pain and pain management. The work of IASP on the 11th version of the International Classification of Disease has ensured that chronic pain is recognized as a disease in its own right, and the establishment of the Global Alliance of Partners for Pain Advocacy Task Force recognizes the importance of engaging people with lived experience of pain in accomplishing IASP’s mission. The Working Group on Global Advocacy now spearheads IASP’s global efforts in capacity building to ensure that pain advocacy activities will continue to grow.