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The Malaysian Association for the Study of Pain (MASP) is a Chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain. It was formed in 1993 by a group of enthusiastic doctors who felt that patients in patients in pain were not being treated adequately, whether it was acute, chronic or cancer pain and that there was a real need for education on better pain management in Malaysia.

The main objectives of MASP are:

To promote education and training in the field of pain.
To promote and facilitate the dissemination of new information in the field of pain.
To achieve liaison with similar bodies and other specialists in other regions.
To advise national agencies on standards relating to the use of drugs, appliances and other procedures relating to pain relief.

To encourage and promote friendship among members of the society.

 
As the management of pain cuts across many disciplines, membership of MASP is open to any health care professional who is interested in pain management; doctors, nurses, clinical psychologists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. Currently there are   members; with    being life members.
 
ACTIVITIES
Workshops / Conferences
As the primary objective of MASP lies in education and training, its activities in the last few years has been that of organizing workshops on various aspects of pain management such as acute pain, chronic pain and pain in cancer. Such workshops have not been held in Kuala Lumpur but also in other parts of the country such as Kota Kinabalu, Johore Baru, Penang and Malacca. Both doctors and nurses have attended these workshops.
 
In 2004, a national conference was organized, in Kuala Lumpur, in conjunction with the Malaysian Society of Anaesthesiologists with both international and local speakers. The theme was ?New Paradigms in Pain Management?. It addressed several issues, in particular relief of labour pain and cancer pain management. There were   participants from all over Malaysia.
 


Global Day against Pain
MASP held a press conference in conjunction with Global day against Pain last year. - October 2004.  Two patients who suffered from chronic pain highlighted their problems, in particular the failure on the part of most health care professionals in recognizing and managing chronic non-malignant pain.

For this year ? 2005 - several activities have been organized.

Global Day getaway for members of the media ? A half-day workshop has been organized so that members of the media will be able to obtain an in-depth appreciation of what pain is all about and the problems associated with it managing it.
Radio talk shows ? Pain management in children
A Public forum on the 16th of October- with talks for the general public and a chance for the public to ask questions.
 
Association of Southeast Asian Pain Societies ? ASEAPS
The Pain societies of the five original ASEAN nations (Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia), after much discussion, have signed a Memorandum Of Understanding ?MOU to form ASEAPS. This is a non-profit association, with the primary aim of pooling educational expertise and resources of member countries.
The first step is to have member countries organize regional conferences on Pain Management - in turn ?on an annual rotational basis. This will encourage local and regional participation and one can learn a great deal about how we can help ourselves in our Asian environment. The first ASEAPS pain conference will be held in Manila in December 2006.
 
Guidelines
Members of MASP have collaborated with the help of Pfizer and Elsevier to publish the ?Malaysian Guidelines to the Management of Neuropathic Pain.? -to help general practitioners and other doctors in treating patients with neuropathic pain.
Guidelines for Acute Pain Management has been published.
 


Newsletter
The EXCO keeps in touch with its members via newsletters, e-mail communications and organizing an Annual Scientific Meeting in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting. Clinical updates and other informative material are distributed.

 

Ramani Vijayan
President, MASP