The purpose of the UPLiFT Conference is to connect people working in pain advocacy to discuss the equitable integration of the lived experience of pain into all aspects of pain research, education, advocacy, and treatment.
UPLiFT shares ways people living with pain can take charge of their own health through supported self-management, as well as connect them to valuable education, resources, and skills in pain advocacy, research partnerships, and the science of pain in ways that are accessible and without all the jargon.
To address the global problem of pain inequities, and increase equity in pain care, we must reflect on how power, racist beliefs, and oppression towards members of a minoritized or racialized groups have contributed to inequities in the experience and treatment of pain around the world.
Gaps between research knowledge production and practice exist. When knowledge is available but not used, it affects health outcomes, and results in unnecessary burden of pain.
Partnering with people with lived experience helps ensure the relevance of research, improve the quality and delivery of health care services for people living with pain, and improves patient and public health outcomes, all of which lead to more meaningful and wider-reaching impacts
Supported self-management is understood to involve effective relationships between the person living with pain and their health care provider(s), working collaboratively on well-established self-management techniques.
Actively engaging in your own health care and pain management makes a big difference to pain.