Table of Contents Author Guidelines Submit a Manuscript
Pain Research and Management
Volume 4, Issue 2, Pages 75-78
Position Statement

Canadian Pain Society Position Statement on Pain Relief

Judith H Watt-Watson,1 A John Clark,2 G Allen Finley,3 and C Peter N Watson4

1Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2Department of Anaesthesia, Dalhousie University, Pain Management Unit, Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
3Departments of Anaesthesia & Psychology, Dalhousie University, IWK Grace Health Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
4Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Etobicoke General Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Copyright © 1999 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The present report outlines key requirements that are central to helping patients manage pain effectively. Although current standards are available as guides for practice, the prevalence of pain suggests that many health professionals do not know and/or cannot relate to these standards. Therefore, a brief, pragmatic statement may be more useful initially for health professionals and patients learning about problematic pain outcomes. The principles in the brief statement produced by the Canadian Pain Society clarify and emphasize key underlying assumptions that have directed the development of many pain standards. The aim of the present paper is to increase awareness of ineffective pain practices and the importance of pain relief, and to stimulate further work in this area.