IASP: New Leaders Elected, June 2016 e-Newsletter
Three Officers, Five Councilors Elected to IASP Leadership
Volunteer for an IASP Working Group or Committee
IASP Latin American Pain Camp Now Accepting Applications
Three New Books From IASP Press
Mechanisms and Management of Pain for the Physical Therapist, 2nd edition, Kathleen A. Sluka, ed., thoroughly covers the wide range of issues requiring the interdisciplinary management of pain.
Pain and the Conscious Brain, Luis Garcia-Larrea and Philip L. Jackson, eds., brings together more than 30 leaders from multiple fields to link the complex concept of pain to the equally complex notion of consciousness.
Whiplash Injury: Perspectives on the Development of Chronic Pain, Helga Kasch, Dennis C. Turk, and Troels S. Jensen, eds., offers state-of-the-art information on the biopsychosocial factors involved in the development and course of chronic pain after whiplash.
Are you working on a book and looking for a publisher? Consider publishing with IASP Press!
Global Year Against Pain
Plan to Attend the Global Year Satellite Symposiumat the World Congress, held in association with the SIG on Musculoskeletal Pain. View the program for “Is Joint Pain Unique or Does it Share Common Features with Other Musculoskeletal Pain Conditions?”
Read Part 2 of the interview with Lars Arendt-Nielsen and Serge Perrot, co-chairs of the Global Year Against Pain in the Joints.
SIG and Chapters Corner
Portuguese Association for the Study of Pain Celebrates Pain Clinic’s 25 Years
Australian Pain Society
Pain Medicine in Portugal: A Success Story with Some Effort
The Portuguese Association for the Study of Pain (APED) has many reasons to celebrate this year. Three pain centers have 25th anniversaries, and the country launched the first action plan against pain 15 years ago in June 2001.
I attended the anniversary symposium of the Multidisciplinary Center for Pain Medicine in Funchal, Madeira, and was impressed to see a lively audience of more than 200 delegates from many professions and specialties, including general practitioners with an interest in research.
I recommend that all IASP members look at theAPED website. It contains many useful documents (some translated from IASP documents), milestones of APED’s advocacy efforts and achievements (it is humbling to see that change does not always happen rapidly), and a range of activities with other IASP chapters.
Please also read the report on the IASP website by APED President Dr. Duarte Correia.
>> ICD-11 Update
Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, has accelerated plans for the new International Classification of Disease (ICD-11). An initial version will likely be ready before October, and the ICD Revision Conference will take place October 12-14, in Tokyo.
The IASP Task Force on Pain Classification for ICD-11 finalized the details of the structure of pain diagnoses on June 13. These new diagnoses are intended as either the only diagnosis (e.g., chronic primary pain) or as a co-diagnosis paired with another etiology-related diagnosis (e.g., chronic neuropathic pain and diabetes). You can learn about ICD-11 and the task force’s progress on the new page on our website. Comments from members are highly welcome.
In late May, at the World Congress of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) in Kuala Lumpur, I was able to discuss with Drs. Christoph Gutenbrunner,Gerold Stucki, andJohn Melvin which functional properties of the International Classification of Functioning (e.g., emotional functions, sleep functions, carrying out daily routines) will be cross-referenced in the pain diagnoses of ICD-11. I greatly appreciate the help of IASP CouncilorMary Cardosa andUrairat Siriwatvejakul of the Malaysian and Thai chapters of IASP, who also attended this meeting.