The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) has made 2019 their ‘Global Year against Pain in the Most Vulnerable’. The groups included in IASP’s Global Year against Pain in the Most Vulnerable are: older persons (including pain in dementia), infants and young children, individuals with cognitive impairments (non-dementia-related) or psychiatric disorders, and pain in survivors of torture. Alongside healthcare professionals, patients and other members of the public IASP have created a campaign to highlight the needs of individuals who cannot articulate their pain in ways that health professionals can easily understand or whose pain problems are underestimated and so they are more likely to receive inadequate pain control. IASP president, Dr Lars Arendt-Nielsen, discussed how that this year was created because he feels that ‘so much needless suffering could be alleviated if only the right clinical approaches were applied, the right policies adopted, and the right partners engaged, including patient advocacy organizations’.
The Airing Pain episodes that address these issues are listed below: