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A coordinated movement for pain control in Lithuania started in 1993, after a group of neurologists attended the 7th World Pain Congress in Paris. Soon afterwards the first meeting/seminar, Cancer Pain Control, was held at Kaunas Medical University. The national chapter of the IASP was started in 1994, headed by neurologist Valius Pauza.
The basic organizing actvities were completed by 26 March 1998, when the Lithuanian Pain Society (LPS) was officially formed at a founding meeting attended by 525 people. Arunas Sciupokas, a neurologist at Kaunas Medical University, was elected President at this First Congress. The council of LPS consists of 20 members—health professionals in various specialties. Of the 172 members of the LPS, 10 (including the entire Administrative Board) are regular members of the IASP.
|Board of Administration, Lithuanian Pain Society, 1999. From left: I. Marchertiene (Vice President), A. Sciupokas (President, 1998-present), V. Pauza (Past/Founding President, 1994-1998), D. Skorupskiene (Secretary), and M. Pilecktye (Treasurer)|
The task of the LPS for the immediate future is to organize a modern pain control service (pain clinics and pain centers) in Lithuania and to prepare specialists for this service. There are now two pain clinics in Lithuania, at Vilnius University Hospital and Kaunas Medical University Hospital.
From a history prepared by the Administrative Board of the Lithuanian Pain Society
|Visual analog pain scale which is in use in Lithuanian health care institutions|
|Europe Against Pain symposium in Birstonas, Lithuania, 2001|
|First International Symposium, "Pain and Palliative Care
on the Baltic Coast",
held in Palanga, Lithuania, 2001
|Skausmo Medicina (Pain Medicine), issued on the occasion of the First Meeting of the Lithuanian Pain Society, Kaunas, 26-27 March 1998|
|Publications of the Lithuanian Pain Society, 1998-2001|
|First issue of LPS journal, Skausmo Medicina, 2001|
Chapter Exhibit Panel (PDF version)
(Panel 2, PDF version)
as it was presented at the 9th World Congress on Pain (Vienna, 1999)
IASP Lithuania Chapter information (mailing address, officers, meetings, journal, etc.)
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John C. Liebeskind History of Pain Collection
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