The Canadian Pain Society: A historical perspective
Léonard, Guillaume; Choinière, Manon; Lavigne, Gilles; Sessle, Barry J.
This article reviews the major features and events that have characterized the 40-year history of the Canadian Pain Society/Société canadienne de la douleur, which is a chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). The review first describes its early formative years in the 1970s as eastern and western chapters of IASP and then its evolution as a Canada-wide chapter and Society. Also highlighted is the formulation in this period of its purpose to foster pain research, education and management, and the many activities in which the Society has been engaged to reinforce this purpose over the ensuing decades. These include its annual scientific meetings, and the establishment of publications, guidelines, and other educational material as well as awards to support research and trainees, Many of these activities have included engagement with key partners who have also collaborated with the Society in national and international advocacy for pain. The review also outlines some of the features and factors underpinning the Society’s national and international reputation and impact resulting from the many contributions that its members have made to the advances in pain research, education and management over the past 40 years. The review concludes by noting that by way of its rich history and its past and present experiences, the Society is well-positioned to continue its many activities and contributions to address the many challenges still facing the pain field in Canada and around the world.