Centre for Pain Assessment and Treatment

Relieving pain has always been a priority in medicine. A better understanding of the neurophysiological mechanisms of pain, clinical identification of chronic pain as a condition in its own right to be differentiated from acute, symptomatic pain, and the economic cost of this condition have led to the development of Pain Treatment Units. The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) set up an internal working group tasked with defining such structures; its conclusions, set out in a report, were presented at the 6th World Congress on Pain in Adelaide in April 1990.

The Centre d'Evaluation et de Traitement de la Douleur (CETD - Centre for Pain Assessment and Treatment) at the Fondation Ophtalmologique Adolphe de Rothschild Hospital, a structure identified by the Ministry in 1998, designed on a multidisciplinary basis, offers consultations and hospital admissions (dedicated 10-bed unit). Its missions are to

  • offer global care for patients suffering from incapacitating, recalcitrant, severe pain. Eliminate pain wherever possible and reduce it to tolerable levels in other cases, using all known pharmacological and neurosurgical methods, combined with appropriate psychosocial care. This global approach is designed to eliminate or reduce pain-related disability and improve the quality of life of patients suffering pain.
  • provide training for nursing personnel, contribute to teaching in a university context (capacité: professional training certificate, DIU: specialised postgraduate certificate) and for nursing and physiotherapy schools.
  • Supervise trainees in the department and the consultation service (doctors seeking professional certification, student nurses, nurses receiving training, physiotherapy trainees, psychology students, etc.).
  • Set up drug protocols (clinical research) using effective and validated assessment tools (questionnaires, pain scales).
  • Participate in the various activities of academic societies on a national and international level to promote the development and dissemination of the discipline.
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The Fondation Adolphe de Rothschild Hospital, recognised as a public utility, has the French legal status of private healthcare
29 rue Manin - 75019 Paris- France / Tel. +33 (0)