The Society for Pediatric Pain Medicine (SPPM) is a Society organized within the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia. The SPPM concept originated with directors and key leaders of acute and chronic pediatric pain medicine programs, who believed there was a need for a new society because of rapid advancement of highly specialized knowledge in the field, a great increase in the numbers of patients, and strong desire for collaboration and advocacy for infants, children, and adolescents with painful conditions.
The Society for Pediatric Pain Medicine (SPPM) supports the goals of the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia to continually advance the quality of anesthesia care, perioperative management, and, in particular, the alleviation of acute and chronic pain-related conditions in children up to 21 years of age and young adults still in the transition of care to adult practice.
The SPPM educates anesthesiologists, pediatricians, other health care providers, as well as the patient, families, and the general public. It offers a forum for in depth review and regular updates of acute and chronic pain – related conditions in children. It contributes to the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia’s educational programs on a regular basis.
The SPPM supports excellence in the provision of care by encouraging research, quality assessment and improvement, and the development of standards of care in the practice of pain medicine for children. It encourages networking and collaboration between its members.
The SPPM encourages the participation of its membership in advocacy for all children with pain through research, professional and public education, policy development, and legislative effort. As the interests of children are often relegated to a secondary position members are asked to continually seek collaboration with other like-minded groups, as it will strengthen their efforts in advocacy.
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