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Re: KD Craig. Knowledge Translation and the Science of Pain. Pain Res Manage 2008;13(6):464

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Bonjour docteur Craig, Your editorial about knowledge translation prompts me to send you this message. I believe the problem of pain science knowledge translation has a political dimension that should be confronted head-on. It is a problem of resource distribution that could be compared, for example, with the one that prevails in nutrition science, in which solutions to hunger are well known but can only be implemented through politically adequate resource distribution.
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Re: Craig KD. Knowledge translation and the science of pain.
Pain Res Manage 2008;13:464.
Bonjour docteur Craig,
Your editorial about knowledge translation prompts me to send you this
message.
I believe the problem of pain science knowledge translation has a
political dimension that should be confronted head-on. It is a problem of
resource distribution that could be compared, for example, with the one
that prevails in nutrition science, in which solutions to hunger are well
known but can only be implemented through politically adequate
resource distribution.
What modern politics are still lacking, in my view, is an approach to
suffering (algonomy; www.algosphere.org/indexen.htm) that could inform
social-economic management. There is a need for a science of suffering
(algoscience; www.algosphere.org/intro/index.html), and the fields of
psychology and pain science should be more aware of that need. Your
editorial uses the words ‘suffer’ and ‘suffering’, it raises the question of how
pain is conceptualized and it states that there is a great need for integra-
tive, even speculative, reviews and theoretical analyses. I would like us to
go further – to clarify the link between pain and suffering, to recognize
that because pain is an unpleasant experience, it is therefore a kind of
suffering, to perform not only reviews and analyses but also to create the
new science of suffering that must be created.
If you ever hear of someone who might be interested, able and avail-
able for that kind of creation work, please let me know!
Robert Daoust
Algosphere
Montreal, Quebec
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