Co-Chair: Eugene Kim, MD
Co-Chair: Sara Williams, PhD
Intensive Interdisciplinary Pain Treatment (IIPT) programs use a biopsychosocial approach to improve function for pediatric patients with chronic pain conditions that result in significant functional and physical impairment. The IIPT Special Interest Group (SIG) is a professional home for an interdisciplinary group of providers working in this area to network and collaborate, promote cross-program research to determine best practices and identify common measures, and disseminate evidence-based information on pediatric chronic pain to healthcare trainees and systems. The IIPT SIG is also as a resource in the development of new, quality-driven resources to educate the public about pediatric chronic pain treatment and improve patients’ access to care.
Specific objectives of the IIPT SIG are as follows:
- Create a forum for the development of ideas and methods to improve collaboration among a wide range of specialties.
- Promote participation of various specialties at SPPM meetings
- Outline, define, and monitor metrics and outcomes of IIPT programs nationally through collaborative research.
- Advocate for evidence-based pediatric pain programs by developing standards for IIPT programs and creating communications for member programs.
- Support institutions on developing their own programs.
- Create and disseminate public materials to educate patients and families on chronic pain rehabilitation and improve access to care.
- Support the SPPM Education Committee regarding ideas for education programming on IIPT-related topics.
- Promote health equity by collaboratively monitoring IIPT outcomes as they relate to vulnerable and diverse populations and promoting prevention and intervention strategies that address disparities.
The IIPT SIG strives to build a thriving, national/North American community among all IIPT programs to improve the science, quality, and access to care for children with chronic pain.