The American Pain Society Clinical Centers of Excellence in Pain Management Awards Program helps advance the quality of pain management in the United States by recognizing and rewarding excellence in quality clinical care.
Central to the APS vision: "APS envisions a world where pain prevention and relief are available to all people"—this program aims to identify U.S.-based, multidisciplinary teams providing distinguished, comprehensive pain care to serve as examples to other pain management programs.
These awards are given annually and recognize pain-care teams that overcome difficult challenges to provide outstanding, exemplary care for those with chronic pain disorders, acute pain after surgery or trauma and in palliative care settings for pain from cancer and other terminal conditions.
The award program is intended to honor programs or services that exemplify the provision of outstanding clinical care regardless of size. Any U.S. based, multidisciplinary clinical program that provides direct patient care and is primarily focused on the treatment of pain that believe they meet the award criteria are encouraged to apply. Selection of awardees will be based on judgment of the quality of services provided and not size of program. Attempts will be made to balance service excellence with available resources. CCOE award recipients are ineligible to re-apply for the award for three years.
The Clinical Center of Excellence in Pain Management Award recognizes that academic and community-based pain programs may have different priorities, resources and components. On this basis the APS has defined two categories of awardees:
University-based Programs are those that, in addition to providing superior clinical care, are exemplars of academic excellence, with active research, educational, and administrative programs. In order to be considered in the "University-based" category a program must have:
Community-based Programs are those that are primarily clinical, without necessarily a strong research or education component. To be considered Community-based a program must:
For both university-based programs and community-based programs, the Clinical Center of Excellence in Pain Management Award honors programs that:
The APS presents this prestigious recognition annually at the APS Annual Scientific Meeting. A special mark of distinction will be provided to each winning program to use (in accordance with APS guidelines).