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Action for M.E.

Action for M.E. is the leading UK charity for people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) and their carers.

We offer invaluable information and support - and we have been at the forefront of the campaign for more research, more effective treatments and better services since 1987.

Until M.E. is overcome, our mission is to transform the lives of people with M.E. for the better whilst working towards overcoming M.E. in the longer term.

American Academy of Pain Management

The American Academy of Pain Management (the Academy) is a non-profit organization that educates clinicians about pain and its management through an integrative interdisciplinary approach. The Academy provides an environment for clinicians from a variety of healthcare disciplines to network and share knowledge for optimal patient care.

American Academy of Pain Medicine

The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) is the medical specialty society representing physicians practicing in the field of Pain Medicine. As a medical specialty society, the Academy is involved in education, training, advocacy, and research in the specialty of Pain Medicine.

Aberdeen Pain Research Collaboration

The Aberdeen Pain Research Collaboration (APRC) was established in 2006 with the coming together of a number of research groups in Aberdeen with an interest in pain research.

The APRC comprises approximately 39 members of research staff, from academic departments and research groups across the University and NHS Grampian.

We have an active "user group" comprising members of the Pain community in and around Aberdeen. In addition to involvement in specific studies this group meets several times a year for seminars and research training. We welcome enquiries from those with an interest in pain research and in the first instance these should be sent to the APRC secretary. (

About Kids Health (Pain)

(by the Hospital for Sick Children)

AboutKidsHealth is the world’s leading non-profit information source for children’s health.

Our mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of children in Canada and around the world by making paediatric health care information available around the globe and in multiple languages via the Internet.

Our content is unbiased and evidence-based, and we are supported through government grants and partnerships that support our mission.

Our information is reviewed by leading doctors, scientists, and health professionals

AboutKidsHealth was developed by the SickKids Learning Institute in collaboration with over 300 paediatric health specialists. We are now partnering with the leading paediatric hospitals to build a collaboration in children’s health information from coast to coast.

American Chronic Pain Association

To facilitate peer support and education for individuals with chronic pain and their families so that these individuals may live more fully in spite of their pain.

To raise awareness among the health care community, policy makers, and the public at large about issues of living with chronic pain.

American Pain Foundation

The American Pain Foundation is an independent nonprofit 501(c)3 organization serving people with pain through information, advocacy, and support. Our mission is to improve the quality of life of people with pain by raising public awareness, providing practical information, promoting research, and advocating to remove barriers and increase access to effective pain management.

American Pain Society

The American Pain Society is a multidisciplinary community that brings together a diverse group of scientists, clinicians and other professionals to increase the knowledge of pain and transform public policy and clinical practice to reduce pain-related suffering.

American Society of Pain Management Nursing

To advance and promote optimal nursing care for people affected by pain by promoting best nursing practices.

American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine

ASRA is the premier organization that addresses the clinical and professional educational needs of physicians and scientists; assures excellence in patient care utilizing regional anaesthesia and pain medicine; and investigates the scientific basis of the specialty.

Australian and New Zealand Faculty of Pain Medicine

The FPM is the body responsible for training, education and standards for Pain Medicine in Australia and New Zealand.

The Faculty of Pain Medicine was established within the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), incorporating true multidisciplinary representation from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (RACP) (AFRM RACP).

Australian Pain Society

The Australian Pain Society is a multidisciplinary body that aims to reduce pain and related suffering through leadership in clinical practice, education, research, and public advocacy.

“All people should have timely access to pain management”

Back Care

BackCare is a national charity that aims to reduce the impact of back pain on society by providing information, support, promoting good practice and funding research. BackCare acts as a hub between patients, (healthcare) professionals, employers, policy makers, researchers and all others with an interest in back pain.

British Pain Society

The British Pain Society is the largest multidisciplinary professional organisation in the field of pain within the UK. Our membership comprises medical pain specialists, nurses, physiotherapists, scientists, psychologists, occupational therapists and other healthcare professionals actively engaged in the diagnosis and treatment of pain and in pain research for the benefit of patients.

Our multidisciplinary nature is pivotal in making our society a uniquely relevant representative body on all matters relating to pain.

Canadian Pain Society

n 1982, The Canadian Pain Society became a chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain.

The CPS includes as members a variety of people interested in pain:

physicians, dentists, nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists, and other clinicians involved with

management of pain

scientists involved in the design of improved methods of pain management and the identification of basic mechanisms of pain and analgesia

professionals involved in education, training, and publication of new information in the field of pain

lay persons with an interest in the field of pain

Chronic Pain Policy Coalition

The Chronic Pain Policy Coalition (CPPC) is a forum uniting professionals, parliamentarians and patients who operate at a policy level to develop an improved strategy for the prevention, treatment and management of chronic pain and its associated conditions. The Coalition seeks to improve the lives of the 7.8 million people who live with chronic pain in the UK as well as realising substantial economic and social benefits

Cross-party Group on Chronic Pain

(Scottish Parliament)

The aim of the group is to raise awareness of how those with chronic pain are treated and to work for earlier and better care.

The Group aims to raise awareness of the condition amongst parliamentarians, to influence legislation and policy makers in order to improve the lives of people affected.

Citizens for a World Free From Chronic Pain

Citizens for a World Free from Chronic Pain (CWFCP) was started to help connect people who are tired of the fact that pain management seems to be the only solution offered to pain sufferers and their families. There is too much suffering and too much money spent on drugs and treatments that simply keep people in their pain.

Chronic Pain Association of Canada

The Chronic Pain Association of Canada is Canada's largest independent, not-for-profit charitable organization serving people affected by pain, through education, information, support advocacy.

Cross Party Group on Chronic Pain

(Scottish Pariliament)

To inform politicians and other decision makers of the enormous suffering and the cost to society in billions of pounds resultant of unemployment, family breakdown, depression and, in some cases, suicide”... “To view the establishment of the Scottish Parliament as a chance to start afresh, overturn decades of neglect, often unintentional, of one of the biggest health issues in society ...

East of Scotland Chronic Pain Group

We run FREE courses for people living with long-term health conditions. Our main aim is to improve the quality of life for people living with long-term health conditions. Our courses are designed to give people the tools, techniques and confidence to better their condition better on a daily basis.

We are a not-for-profit social enterprise established in April 2007 (a community Interest Company registered in England)

European Federation of IASP Chapters

The European Federation of IASP chapters (EFIC) is a multidisciplinary professional organization in the field of pain science and medicine, made up of the 30 European Chapters of IASP (International Association for the Study of Pain).

Established in 1993, by Prof. Ulf Lindblom, EFIC's 30 constituent chapters represent 33 countries and close to 18.000 scientists, physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists and other healthcare professionals across Europe, who study pain and treat patients in pain.

Health Experience Research Group -

Chronic Pain

International Association for the Study of Pain

IASP brings together scientists, clinicians, health care providers, and policy makers to stimulate and support the study of pain and to translate that knowledge into improved pain relief worldwide.

Founded in 1973, IASP is the world's largest multidisciplinary organization focused specifically on pain research and treatment. IASP currently has more than 6,500 members from 123 countries and in 82 chapters.

Institute for the Study and Treatment of Pain

The Institute for the Study and Treatment of Pain is a non-profit organization dedicated to research, treatment, training, and education in chronic pain.

Irish Chronic Pain Association

The Irish Chronic Pain Association is the principal support group in Ireland for the 400,000 people of all ages suffering with chronic pain.

This figure emerged following a Pain in Europe survey, carried out in 2003 by NFO World Group.

National Pain Foundation

The NPF Mission is to improve the quality of life for those living with pain through information, education, and support that connects persons with pain to each other and to those that can help.  

The NPF recognizes that pain is real. It is a disease in and of itself that needs to be diagnosed and managed as comprehensively as any other disease. Our goal is to empower patients by helping them become actively involved in the design of their treatment plan, exploring both traditional and complementary approaches to pain management.  

All information distributed by the NPF is peer-reviewed by NPF Board members and other professionals who are highly qualified in their respective fields. This means that the information about pain conditions created by the NPF is both up-to-date and accurate.

NIH Pain Consortium

The NIH Pain Consortium was established to enhance pain research and promote collaboration among researchers across the many NIH Institutes and Centers that have programs and activities addressing pain. To this end, the following goals have been identified for the Pain Consortium: MORE

North British Pain Association

The North British Pain Association was founded in 1984 and consists of over 200 members from Scotland and the North of England. Membership consists of doctors working in pain or palliative care and nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists and others with an interest in pain management.

Pain Association Scotland

Joining a support group offers the opportunity to be listened to, to talk about how you feel, hear how others cope with similar problems and learn actively to control pain.

The Association recognises that it is not only pain sufferers who experience distress, but carers, relatives and friends may also need support.

Our service is specifically designed to target those in the community who are affected by Long Term (Chronic Painful) Conditions.  We continue to address the non-medical issues which impact on people’s lives.  The service is open to anyone regardless of diagnosis, at any time.

Pain Concern

Pain Concern is a U.K based charity for those living with Chronic Pain, and those who care for and about them. Pain Concern produces “Airing Pain,” a fortnightly radio programme broadcast on which provides information and support to those living with pain.

To listen to Airing Pain, click HERE

Pain Education Group

A group of healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, psychologists, etc) working in the field of pain management throughout the West of Scotland. Rich in pain-related resources such as podcasts, articles and the latest news on pain management.

Pain Relief Foundation

The Pain Relief Foundation is a UK charity which funds research into the causes and treatment of human chronic pain and is concerned with education of health professionals about pain management.


painSupport is Jan Sadler's web site. Jan is the author of 'Natural Pain Relief' published by CW Daniel Books. She has back and leg pain (sciatica) and has worked with people in pain since 1990. 

Physiotherapy Pain Association

The PPA was formed to bring together and provide information for Physiotherapists with the common interest of managing patients with both acute and long term pain.

The "Societal Impact of Pain" (SIP)

The "Societal Impact of Pain" (SIP) is an international platform created in 2010 as a joint initiative of EFIC and the pharmaceutical Grünenthal GmbH and aims for

  • raising awareness of the relevance of the impact that pain has on our societies, health and economic systems
  • exchanging information and sharing best-practices across all member states of the European Union
  • developing and fostering European-wide policy strategies & activities for an improved pain care in Europe (Pain Policy).

The platform provides opportunities for discussion for health care professionals, pain advocacy groups, politicians, insurances, representatives of health authorities, regulators and budget holders.

West of Scotland Pain Group

We are a group of healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, psychologists ....) working in the field of pain management throughout the West of Scotland.

We meet during the academic year (October to May) at 7pm, in the Ebenezer Duncan Centre, at the Victoria Infirmary

World Health Organization

WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it's the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

CHRONIC PAIN. LINKS - Chronic Pain. Pain Organisations.
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