Persistent pain is an all-encompassing and inconspicuous state that impacts individuals across various aspects of their lives, encompassing their well-being, independence, mental and physical wellness, societal integration, and effectiveness. The ethical considerations regarding neuroscience investigations into persistent pain are abundant, owing to the prospect of alleviating distress and enhancing the daily existence of those enduring such pain. Despite the increasing volume of research exploring the origins, neurological mechanisms, and control of persistent pain, the extent to which ethical principles are integrated into neuroscience inquiries within this domain remains uncertain.
PainSA is a chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain. Our mission is to improve all aspects of pain management in Southern Africa.