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IASP Global Year against Pain in the Most Vulnerable

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: