Posted on February 05, 2015

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has last week hosted the first Qatar International Pain Conference at the Qatar National Convention Center bringing together a first-class international faculty comprising some 500 participants from Qatar and the region. The goal of the event, organized by HMC’s Department of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care Unit and Perioperative Medicine in collaboration with the Academic Health System (AHS) and with the support of Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), was to share the latest knowledge about modern-day pain management. 

The event was attended by pain specialists, general physicians, medical students, and delegates from academic, government and private institutions within Qatar and the region. “The conference is the first of its kind in the Middle East. In line with our aim of becoming an academic health system, we organized a high-standard event featuring a faculty of experts from the GCC, United States, Europe and Australia,” said Professor Dr. Marco A. E. Marcus, Conference Sponsor and Chairman of HMC’s Department of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Pain and Perioperative Medicine.

Besides promoting collaboration among healthcare professionals across the region and beyond, the conference was also an opportunity to celebrate the growth of HMC’s Pain Unit, a bustling energetic environment that integrates state-of-the-art pain therapy with translational research and teaching. HMC’s Pain team, an integral part of the Anesthesia Department, comprises a group of multidisciplinary healthcare professionals working directly with patients living with pain, such as cancer patients and those recovering from major surgery, to ease the patients’ discomfort and improve their quality of life using a holistic approach.

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“Having a specialized pain management service is important in reducing the patient’s length of stay in the hospital and improving the patient’s overall hospital experience. In recent years pain therapy has transitioned to an evidence-based practice as hospitals around the world have started examining what it means to provide quality care for their patients, both in terms of medical care and hospital-based patient experience and satisfaction,” said Prof. Marcus.

Dr. Nicholas Scott, Conference Chairman and Deputy Chairman of HMC’s Department of Anesthesiology, ICU and Perioperative Medicine said: “Our department is rapidly converting from a service department into an academic one to establish and maintain the highest possible levels of care and performance for patients. Conducting activities such as this conference helps us to advance the quality of our research and provide the best evidence-based care for patients living with pain.”