2020 Global Year for the Prevention of Pain

Top research and reviews curated by our editors

September is Pain Awareness Month, Springer Nature brings you the latest research on pain prevention and awareness.

The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) has declared 2020 the Global Year for the Prevention of Pain. As the world continues to reel from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic researchers continue to strive towards the goal of global pain relief. This is a critical need across the world and ties into Sustainable Development Goal #3 Good Health and Well-Being. Read key blogs, articles, book chapters and share our free-to-read research with your colleagues. We have curated the research into key themes for easy viewing. All content is free-to-access until October 1. Open Access articles are permanently available. #GlobalYear2020 #IASPGlobalYear

Eduardo Bruera

Guest Blog: Dr. Eduardo Bruera

Pain, suffering, and person centered care: our great opportunity

In the last 30 years there has been great progress in the assessment of cancers, evolving from morphological features to molecular profiles, sophisticated imaging, and tumor markers. The assessment allows rapid determination of prognosis and it also guides therapy. When the patient who has undergone such a sophisticated evaluation of their tumor develops pain and suffering, the only way we can evaluate this is to ask them to rate it from 0 to 10. It is remarkable that such method is the same as 30-40 years ago, and perhaps even more remarkable that in many cases it is not even done.

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Pain management


Tara Renton

Guest Blog: Prof. Tara Renton

Understanding and managing Post Traumatic Neuropathic Pain

I have spent most of my academic career highlighting the plight of patients with PTNP related to dentistry and the huge impact it has on their lives. The trigeminal nerve is the most important sensory nerve in the body, protecting our most important life sustaining structures (eyes, nose, mouth, meninges) providing life’s pleasures (smell, taste, speech, sexual interaction and sensation). Any patient with PTNP related to routine dentistry is massively impacted by the suddenness of it, the pain, and the functional and psychological impact, particularly as many of these patients will suffer pain for decades without fully understanding how it came about and are often resistant to treatment.

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