Acute Pain

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.

Attend the free Satelltie Symposium at the World Congress on Pain on September 25. "Are Perioperative Opioids Obsolete?" will survey the adverse effects of opioids, nondrug alternatives to their use, advances in nonopioid drugs and delivery systems, and the growing importance of quality control and registries in helping health systems navigate a likely "sea change" in standard medical practice that might soon render routine perioperative opioid analgesia obsolete. For details, contact Daniel Carr.


August 2016March 2016 | May 2015 | September 2014 | April 2014

The IASP SIG on Acute Pain keeps an archive of newsletters dating from 2007.

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Past Meeting

August 26, 2012, Milan, Italy
"The Challenges of Acute Pain Management," official satellite symposium of the 14th World Congress on Pain

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Term 2012-2016

Daniel Carr, Chair (USA)
Stephan Schug, Vice Chair (Australia)
Brendan O’Donnell, Treasurer (USA)
Jane Quinlan, Secretary (UK)
Robert I. Cohen, Newsletter Editor (USA)
Esther Pogatzki-Zahn, Newsletter Co-Editor (Germany)
Ruth Zaslansky, Liaison, International Pain Registry (Israel)
Winfried Meissner, Liaison, PAIN OUT (Germany)
Debra Gordon, Liaison, PAIN OUT (USA)
Narinder Rawal, Adviser, Membership (Sweden) 

IASP Council Liaison

Michael Gold (USA)

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