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PAINS Project Transitions to the Academy of Integrative Pain Management

Friday, August 3, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Nicole Stagg
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Lenexa, KS, August 1, 2018 – The
Academy of Integrative Pain Management (AIPM) has announced that the transition of the PAINS Project, from the Center for Practical Bioethics (CPB) to AIPM, is complete. The transfer includes all of PAINS Project’s resources and collateral materials.

Myra Christopher, Director of PAINS Project since its inception, announced her retirement earlier this year, and the CPB Board of Directors decided that AIPM was the natural choice to take over their efforts. AIPM’s Executive Director, Bob Twillman, PhD, has been a member of the PAINS Steering Committee since its inception, and has served as an editor for the PAINS policy and educational brief series. AIPM, having been the leading voice for integrative pain management in the United States for over 30 years, is also an organization whose mission aligns with PAINS’ mission.

“The leadership that AIPM has exhibited in the complex arena of pain care ensures that the investment the Center has made over the last decade will continue and flourish,” said John G. Carney, President/CEO of the Center for Practical Bioethics. “Those living with chronic pain rely on strong, respected and accomplished organizations to advance person-centered, integrative models of care by uniting clinicians in the fight against chronic pain. AIPM fits that profile and we are pleased and grateful that AIPM has agreed to honor the mission of the PAINS project and the decade-long charitable efforts of the Center in this duty of care to vulnerable patients.”

Clay Jackson, MD, DipTh, and Board Chair of the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, said, “At AIPM, we are grateful for the tremendous work that has been accomplished by everyone involved in the PAINS Project, and we feel that important milestones such as the publication of the National Pain Strategy would have been impossible to achieve without their commitment to patient advocacy and sound medical evidence.”

Jackson continued, “As the only professional organization comprising members of every discipline that treats persons with pain, AIPM is uniquely positioned to continue to serve as the central repository of information regarding best practices in integrative pain care, and as a powerful force for advocating for making those treatments available to all patients.”

PAINS Project’s website
and policy brief series will remain in place, and PAINS Project will again serve as co-sponsors of the second Integrative Pain Care Policy Congress meeting in November 2018, along with the Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC) and AIPM.

About the Academy of Integrative Pain Management (formerly the American Academy of Pain Management)

For 30 years, the Academy of Integrative Pain Management has been the only national professional organization dedicated to advancing the integrative pain care approaches that now define “best practice” in the National Pain Strategy published by NIH. The organization’s mission is to improve the lives of people with pain by advancing a person centered, integrative model of pain care through evidence-guided education, credentialing, and advocacy.

media inquiries, please contact Bob Twillman, PhD, at