World Institute of Pain

Mission Statement

WIP’s mission is to bring together the most recognized experts in the field of pain medicine throughout the world for the advancement and standardization of interventional pain practice and the achievement of improved standards of care for pain patients.

WIP fulfills its mission through sponsorship and endorsement of educational and training programs for pain physicians. These programs are aimed at facilitating the development of practice guidelines and standards of examining and assessing competency in physicians who specialize in interventional pain practice.

The World Institute of Pain was founded in 1993 as a worldwide organization that aims to promote the best practice of pain medicine for the 21st century. The majority of acute, chronic, and cancer patients are inadequately represented in the world. The population of chronic pain and cancer pain patients is expected to double by the year 2030, and the older population is expected to live longer. Specialized and focused care of pain patients is essential if adequate and continued care is to provide comfort and functional improvement in their daily living. Pain medicine specialists can provide this care.

Through educational initiatives, including WIP World Congresses, regional symposia, and practical workshops on interventional pain practice, WIP helps promote consensus building among experts on the effectiveness of existing techniques and avenues for advancement of therapeutic performances.


To educate and train personnel of member pain centers by including local hands-on training, international seminars, and exchange of clinicians. Update pain centers with state-of-the-art pain information, including a newsletter, scientific seminars, interlined telecommunications, and publication of a journal and books.

Develop common protocols for efficacy and outcome studies.

Communicate administrative and patient-related matters on a regular basis by way of newsletter, telephone hook-up, world directory of pain centers by region, and video conferencing (including patient consultation).

Categorize and credential pain centers by mail correspondence, local information, and the industry’s medical representatives.

Develop examination process for pain centers in testing trainees, and provide know-how in the examination process.

Encourage interested industries to provide information on pain medicine in each region of the world; to bring together local pain physicians and industry for education in new technology and training; and to formulate a fellowship-training program.