Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) recently hosted the second Qatar International Pain Conference (QIPC), bringing together a group of first-class international faculty comprising 250 participants from Qatar and the region.

The event, organised by HMC’s Department of Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Perioperative Medicine in collaboration with the prestigious European Society of Regional Anesthesia (ESRA), was aimed to serve as venue for medical professionals to share the latest knowledge about modern-day pain management. The event was attended by pain specialists, general physicians, medical students, and delegates from government and private institutions within Qatar and the region.

Professor Marco AE Marcus, Sponsor and Chairman of HMC’s Department of Anesthesiology, ICU and Perioperative Medicine, said that the main focus of the second QIPC conference is the contribution of acute pain and regional anaesthesia in treating and preventing pain. This is in line with HMC’s aim of becoming an ‘academic’ health system.

He said that besides promoting collaboration among healthcare professionals across the region, the conference also provided an opportunity for them to hail the growth of HMC’s Pain Unit, a bustling environment that integrates state-of-the-art pain therapy with research and teaching.

Having a specialised pain management service is important in reducing the patient’s length of stay in the hospital and improving their 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.’

Dr Nicholas Scott, Conference Chairman and Vice Chairman of HMC’s Department of Anaesthesiology, ICU and Perioperative Medicine said that their department is rapidly converting from a service department into an academic one.

It is our goal to establish and maintain the highest possible level 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.’

In addition to hosting the conference, ESRA recently chose Qatar as one of its centres for the prestigious European Diploma in Regional Anaesthesia (EDRA) examination. This honour further solidifies HMC’s commitment to be at the forefront of pain management and anaesthesia in the region.

Visit hamad.qa for more information about its pain management unit.