In addition to our support for individuals from underrepresented and disadvantaged/underprivileged backgrounds, the USASP strives to improve equity in pain research and care for all people given the historical and current inequities in both areas for people with varying (dis)abilities and underrepresented populations that have historically experienced differential and inadequate pain healthcare. We believe that all people are entitled to adequate and appropriate healthcare, including pain control, to allow them to live their lives to the fullest extent possible.

In support of this important goal, USASP members and the Editor-in-Chief of our flagship journal, The Journal of Pain, have initiated guidelines and editorial recommendations to improve the inclusiveness of the scientific process that creates and disseminates knowledge about pain. Specifically, we are proud to have published the following articles on the topic of representation, diversity, and inclusion: