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Pain Research and Management
Volume 9, Issue 3, Pages 123-130
Professional Standards

Meeting Proceedings: Recommendations for Improved Acute Pain Services: Canadian Collaborative Acute Pain Initiative

David H Goldstein,1 Jacqueline Ellis,2 Robert Brown,3 Rosemary Wilson,4 John Penning,5 Kenneth Chisom,6 Elizabeth VanDenKerkhof,7 and members of the Canadian Collaborative Acute Pain Initiative

1Departments of Anesthesiology and Surgery, Queens University, Kingston General Hospital, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
2School of Nursing, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
3Department of Anaesthesia, College of Physicians & Surgeons of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
4Acute Pain Management Services, Queens University, Kingston General Hospital, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
5Department of Anaesthesia, Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
6Department of Anaesthesia, Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Victoria General Site, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
7Departments of Anesthesiology & Community Health and Epidemiology, School of Nursing, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

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The Canadian Collaborative Acute Pain Initiative, established in 2002, is a voluntary, multidisciplinary consortium of acute pain health professionals from across Canada whose goal is to improve acute pain management through discussion and consensus. The group met in January 2002 to define strategic areas related to the treatment of acute pain. The areas identified were: the definition of pain; the epidemiology of pain; the concept of an 'ideal' acute pain management service; education; therapeutic options; symptom management; and research and safety. In November 2002, a second meeting was held to develop objectives and recommendations for the management of acute pain based on the defined areas. The outcome of these discussions is summarized in this paper.