The American Association of Neurological Surgeons’ (AANS) and Congress of Neurological Surgeons’ (CNS) Quality Improvement Workgroup and Joint Guidelines Committee, which included representatives from the clinical subspecialties in neurosurgery, developed an initial draft list of Choosing Wisely® recommendations, based on the scientific evidence, existing clinical practice and expert opinion. This list was then submitted to the leadership of the AANS/CNS clinical subspecialty sections (cerebrovascular, pain, pediatric neurosurgery, spine and peripheral nerve, stereotactic and functional, trauma and tumor) for review and feedback. In addition, we solicited feedback about the recommendations from the general membership of the AANS and CNS. The list was submitted to the AANS Board of Directors and CNS Executive Committee, which reviewed and approved the final set of Choosing Wisely recommendations.
Purpose of the Pain Section
In the field of pain management,
1. Provides liaison and involvement with other specialties and organizations.
2. Helps communications between AANS and CNS via joint section status.
3. Provides help in resident curricula planning, especially in the area of pain management
4. Promotes Journal of Neurosurgery and Neurosurgery manuscript submissions in pain management.
5. Fosters international communication and collaboration in neurosurgical procedures for pain.
6. Reaches out to and encourages involvement by part of neurosurgery somewhat outside mainstream.
7. Increases role of neurosurgeon in multidisciplinary field of pain management.