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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 1

Redefining pain interventions: Call it right!

1 Department of Anaesthesiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Mangalagiri, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Department of Anaesthesiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India

Date of Web Publication30-Dec-2022

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Prateek Arora
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Raipur, Chhattisgarh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijpn.ijpn_126_22

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Dey S, Arora P. Redefining pain interventions: Call it right!. Indian J Pain 2022;36, Suppl S1:1

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Dey S, Arora P. Redefining pain interventions: Call it right!. Indian J Pain [serial online] 2022 [cited 2023 Mar 23];36, Suppl S1:1. Available from: https://www.indianjpain.org/text.asp?2022/36/4/1/366477

The concept of pain and its management is dynamic and evolving. It is a “personal experience,” and the therapies are individualized. Step 4 of the modified WHO pain ladder includes interventions[1] and, owing to its bidirectional nature, can be utilized at any step. The decision to intervene and the timing of the said intervention is multifactorial and is taken on a case-to-case basis. It requires a specialized knowledge base and skill set to relieve, reduce, or manage pain and improve a patient's overall quality of life through minimally invasive techniques specifically designed to diagnose and treat painful conditions.[2] Such interventions in former times lacked universal nomenclatures and were infamously referred to as “blocks” and “injections,” possibly due to the sheer simplicity of calling them so. A total of 113 pain medicine interventions for different indications were evaluated in an updated review by Huygen et al.[3] in 2018. The assembly of these recommendations[4],[5],[6],[7] furnishes scientific data to aid evidence-based practice. In a country with heterogeneous distribution of health-care standards, it is imperative to overcome ethical challenges and abide by the best recommended clinical standards.[8],[9] Understanding this need for uniformity in pain practice throughout India, special interest groups under the Indian Society for the Study of Pain (ISSP) developed a Minimally Invasive Pain and Spine Interventions (MIPSI) coding system, primarily as a unique system to bring uniformity in the terminologies used for interventional pain procedures and provide a uniform language applicable to medical education, research, and processing of insurance claims.[10] The ISSP general counsel adopted the term “MIPSI” for pain interventions, and a resolution was passed in the general body meeting 2019 ISSPCON Bengaluru. The coding for various MIPSI was developed in the same meeting and circulated among the society members. With this special issue of the Indian Journal of Pain on MIPSI, we want to emphasize the importance of naming the intervention right. This issue highlights some of the commonly performed minimally invasive interventions in day-to-day clinical practice supporting the vision statement of the ISSP – “Working together for pain relief.”

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