Seventy leaders from more than 50 organizations gathered in San Diego for the first-ever Integrative Pain Care Policy Congress on October 21-22 during the 28th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Integrative Pain Management (AIPM). Representing the full scope of licensed and certified health care providers, public and private payers, policy advocates, and research organizations, the group’s initial goal was to agree upon a definition of “comprehensive integrative pain management”.  A universal definition of comprehensive integrative pain management, among organizations that have never come together around this issue, is an integral step towards implementing key solutions for the opioid overdose epidemic.

The following definition came out of this inaugural Integrative Pain Care Policy Congress:

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.