Pain management is a recent and established trend in modern anaesthesiology which reflects an overall shift in the medical approach in all fields of medicine. There is a great need for recognising the discipline of Pain Medicine in its own right as it involves intensive training of practitioners for optimal standards and care.


Acute and Chronic Pain Management (with its unique biopsychosocial, multimodal and multidisciplinary approaches, and development of new pain management strategies) has been at the forefront of this paradigm shift. Nowadays, the majority of pain management strategies involve psychosocial evaluation, use of unique anti-neuropathic agents, and occasionally opioids, minimally invasive procedures, nerve blocks, ultrasound and fluoroscopy guidance. These procedures can be performed safely and effectively, leading to better patient outcomes, and accounts for the increasing demand for this multimodal approach. It has become the mainstay for many non-cancer and cancer pain conditions.



With the recent opioids epidemic in the United States and other countries, which has caused controversies and concerns in pain management, it is timely that physicians in pain management come together to continue evaluating and providing guidance whenever the need may arise.

The objectives of the Chapter of Pain Medicine Physicians are:

  1. Provide advisory opinion on the training and credentialing requirements needed for pain medicine physicians to perform competently, general pain management options, and specific interventional procedures.
  2. Provide input and expert opinion on matters related to pain management, as and when the need arises. This may include medico-legal enquiries from the Ministry of Health and other government agencies and organisations.
  3. Contribute to professional development education.