Find a Provider | Print Page | Contact Us | Report Abuse | Sign In | Register
Consensus Definition: Comprehensive Integrative Pain Management
Share |

Consensus Definition: Comprehensive Integrative Pain Management (CIPM)

Comprehensive, integrative pain management includes biomedical, psychosocial, complementary health, and spiritual care. It is person-centered and focuses on maximizing function and wellness.  Care plans are developed through a shared decision-making model that reflects the available evidence regarding optimal clinical practice and the person’s goals and values.

The growing number of pain management guidelines and policies—state and federal, public and private—are impacting the health care that is available to those in need of acute and chronic pain management. These policies have good intentions, but the confusion created by conflicting stakeholder recommendations is prolonging pain and exacerbating substance use disorders.   

Addressing these concerns and developing effective responses to inadequate pain treatment and opioid-related harms are far beyond the capacities of any one organization.  The inaugural meeting of the Integrative Pain Care Policy Congress brought together diverse ideas and encouraged active participation of the major stakeholders. The group was first tasked with the daunting effort of defining the type of care that had brought us all together—resulting in the above consensus definition of “comprehensive, integrative pain management.” 

If your organization would like to officially support this consensus definition of Comprehensive, Integrative Pain Management, contact Amy Goldstein.


The following organizations express support of the above definition of comprehensive, integrative pain management:

A Healing Place—The Estates

Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine

Academy of Integrative Pain Management 

Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health

Academic Consortium of Integrative Medicine and Health

Alliance for Patient Access

Alliance for Balanced Pain Management

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

American Academy of Orofacial Pain

American Academy of Pain Medicine

American Association of Nurse Practitioners

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

American College of Physicians

American Holistic Nurses Association

American Massage Therapy Association

American Occupational Therapy Association

American Osteopathic Association

American Pain Society

American Pharmacists Association

American Physical Therapy Association

American Society for Pain Management Nursing

American Specialty Health

Beacon Health Options

California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians

Ehlers-Danlos Society

Florida Health Care Coalition

Foundation for Chiropractic Progress

Integrative Medicine for the Underserved

Integrative Health Policy Consortium

International Association of Yoga Therapists

International Pain Foundation

Legal Side of Pain

Midwest Business Group on Health

National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations

National Association of Social Workers

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association

National Patient Advocate Foundation

The New York State Pain Society

Nursing Community Coalition

Pain Psychology Interest Group, Society for Health Psychology, a project of the American Psychological Association

PAINS Project

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Pediatric Pain & Palliative Care Program, UCLA

Pennsylvania Pain Society

Project Lazarus

Society of Palliative Care Pharmacists

The Pain Community

US Pain Foundation


The Integrative Pain Care Policy Congress is facilitated by the Academy of Integrative Pain Management in partnership with the Integrative Health Policy Consortium and the PAINS Project.