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American Pain Society Accepting Applications for Clinical Centers of Excellence in Pain Management Awards

Friday, November 21, 2008 General News J E 4
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GLENVIEW, Ill., Nov. 20 Again next year, the American PainSociety (APS), http://www.ampainsoc.org, will honor the country's outstandingpain care programs in its acclaimed Clinical Centers of Excellence in PainManagement Awards Program. APS is accepting awards submissions until Dec. 14,2008.

The Clinical Centers of Excellence in Pain Management Awards Programhonors forward-thinking teams of healthcare professionals who are satisfyingunmet critical needs in pain management within their communities.

"Effective, high quality pain management involves the talents andexpertise of health care professionals who appreciate and understand thecomplex array of clinical, psychological, social and emotional variables thatpain patients deal with every day," said APS President Charles E. Inturrisi,PhD, professor of pharmacology, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York. "Theawards, therefore, honor pain-care teams for overcoming tough challenges todeliver excellent care for those with chronic-pain disorders, post-surgicalpain, trauma-induced pain and pain from cancer and other life-threateningconditions," he said.

Inturrisi added that the Clinical Centers of Excellence Awards alsosupport the ongoing advocacy mission of APS to promote the benefits ofmultidisciplinary pain care.

APS initiated the Clinical Centers of Excellence in Pain Management Awardsin 2006. Any U.S. multidisciplinary clinical program that provides directpatient care and is primarily focused on the treatment of pain is eligible toapply. Nominations will be accepted through Dec. 14, 2008, and winners willbe announced by the end of the first quarter. The APS awards will bepresented at a gala dinner at the APS Annual Scientific Meeting in San Diegoon May 7, 2009.

About the American Pain Society

Based in Glenview, Ill., the American Pain Society (APS) is amultidisciplinary community that brings together a diverse group ofscientists, clinicians and other professionals to increase the knowledge ofpain and transform public policy and clinical practice to reduce pain-relatedsuffering. APS was founded in 1978 with 510 charter members. From theoutset, the group was conceived as a multidisciplinary organization. APS hasenjoyed solid growth since its early days and today has approximately 3,200members. The Board of Directors includes physicians, nurses, psychologists,basic scientists, pharmacists, policy analysts and others.

SOURCE American Pain Society
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