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Pain Clinicians, Policy Leaders and Patients Gather for Global Summit on Integrative Methods

Wednesday, November 14, 2018  
Posted by: Nicole Stagg
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Boston, MA, November 9-10, 2018 – To advance integrative approaches to pain care, and to respond to the crisis of opioid misuse, hundreds of pain providers, policy leaders and patients met at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical Center*. Hosted by the Academy of Integrative Pain Management (AIPM), the two-day event brought together pain experts and thought-leaders to discuss the biggest challenges facing pain management today.

“Pain care isn’t one-size-fits-all, and may not even fit most,” said Bob Twillman, PhD, and AIPM’s Executive Director. “For some, access to opioid medications to manage daily pain is necessary; for others, non-pharmacological methods alone provide sufficient relief; and, for many, it’s a combination of both. That is the very definition of the word ‘integrative’ -- and why, for the past 30 years, AIPM’s mission has been to advance a person-centered, model of care using all appropriate treatment options.

“Pain is a multidimensional challenge,” W. Clay Jackson, MD, DipTh and AIPM President continued. “It’s a challenge to properly educate clinicians about integrative pain management methods; it’s a challenge to change inadequate and ineffective pain care policies. And that doesn’t even include the many on-going challenges of patients. This weekend we’re tackling these challenges from all points of view with three distinct but relevant events -- simultaneously.”

  • For providers, the Global Pain Clinician Summit 2018 was a sold-out event and an opportunity for clinicians across disciplines including doctors, nurses, physical therapists, acupuncturists, psychologists and others to learn about integrative pain management (IPM) evidence and techniques, and earn the world’s only Certificate in Nutritional Pain Management
  • For policymakers, the second annual Integrative Pain Care Policy Congress united 85 organizational leaders from 65+ pain policy organizations, public and private payers, and numerous federal agencies, including the Veterans Administration and the Department of Defense, to advance policy to advance comprehensive integrative pain management (CIPM).
  •  For people with pain, AIPM partnered with the U.S. Pain Foundation on Take Control of Your Pain to educate about the latest advances in treatment, including complementary approaches to management as well as how to best advocate for your care.

“Here in Boston, we’ve united stakeholders, from across the healthcare spectrum, to forge better care for persons with pain,” Jackson said. “The healthcare of 100+ million Americans is affected by the decision-makers in this very room.”

About the Academy of Integrative Pain Management

For almost 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. AIPM is widely recognized as the nation’s foremost voice in developing and advocating for public policies that enable health care providers to provide optimal care to those living with pain. For more information, visit

* Academy of Integrative Pain Management is not affiliated with Harvard University, nor is Academy of Integrative Pain Management a Harvard University program or activity.