How Do You Define Pain?

Posted on August 18, 2019

by Ed Coghlan

When you try to describe it to your doctor, how you describe it could vary—dramatically—from how another patient might.

The International Association of Pain is looking to shrink that difference—and you can help.

The IASP Definition of Pain Task Force is asking for written comments on the proposed new definition of pain and accompanying notes. The Task Force will review all comments and provide a final recommendation to the IASP Council in November 2019. By participating, you will be contributing to changes that will have a significant impact on the future of our profession, research, and patient care. This form will only take a few minutes, and your responses are anonymous.

Here’s the survey link.

Thank you for participating. The purpose of this form is to provide the Definition of Pain Task Force with written comments on the proposed new definition of pain and accompanying notes. Please take a few moments to review the current and proposed definition of pain on the next page.

IASP works to support research, education, clinical treatment, and better patient outcomes for all pain conditions with the goal of improving pain relief worldwide. With more than 7,000 members representing 125 countries, 96 national chapters, and 24 Special Interest Groups (SIGs), IASP fosters the exchange of ideas and education to advance the field of pain science. Membership is open to all professionals involved in research, diagnosis, or treatment of pain.

The Association is governed by an international Council composed of officers and councilors elected by the membership. Members may also serve on committees, task forces, and working groups.

When we read the comments section of the National Pain Report, often chronic pain patients complain—at times vociferously—that providers, friends and family and others don’t understand what they are going through.

Participating in surveys like this can help close that gap.

We encourage you to take the survey, and as always, to share your comments about this story and others.


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