Background and Scope



The PaPaS Review Group was registered with Cochrane on the 28th January 1998. Exploratory meetings for the PaPaS Review Group were held on the 3rd of June 1996 (Oxford) and the 22nd of June 1997 (Boston). Mr Phil Wiffen was involved in the set-up of the PaPaS Review Group and held the post as Co-ordinating Editor until March 2008 when he stepped down to become an Editor for PaPaS. Chris Eccleston, one of our long standing Editors, then took up the post as Co-ordinating Editor in April 2008.


We are interested in studies of interventions for

  • Acute pain arising accidentally or through deliberate injury
  • Chronic pain (lasting 3 months or longer)
  • Headache and migraine
  • Palliative care for those with life-limiting disease or illness
  • Supportive care of patients and significant others living with serious illness


  1. We defined ‘supportive care’ as: "… the multi-disciplinary holistic care of patients with malignant and non-malignant chronic diseases and serious illness, and those that matter to them, to ensure the best possible quality of life. It extends as a right and necessity for all patients, is available throughout the course of the condition, concurrent to condition management and is given equal priority alongside diagnosis and treatment. It should be individualised, taking into account the patient’s past life experiences, their current situation and personal goals", Cramp & Bennett 2012.

  2. We recognize that pain is a common symptom that is associated with many disease or illness states. Typically we will manage titles for which the primary focus on the treatment is pain. However, we can offer advice and support to other review groups in which pain is an outcome of interest but not the primary target.

Related Cochrane entities

The PaPaS review group operates within a network of other entities within the worldwide Cochrane Collaboration. The Cochrane Collaboration is governed by the Cochrane Collaboration Steering Group which has representation from all the different entities. The Cochrane Operations Unit support the Steering Group and The Cochrane Collaboration. Their office is situated in Oxford, UK. There are also many Cochrane Centres worldwide who are there to support authors and others in their local region. The PaPaS review group's main editorial base is in the UK, our supporting Cochrane Centre is the UK Cochrane Centre (Cochrane UK), based in Oxford. All Cochrane Centres support the review groups and the authors.

The Cochrane fields (or networks) can also help you with information on their topic areas, for devising your title, possibly helping with funding your work or suggesting titles that you may be interested in working on. PaPaS also sometimes contacts the fields to help with peer review of our authors' work.

There are also several methods groups to help review groups, fields, authors, peer referees, trials search co-ordinators to improve the quality of published evidenced based medicine on The Cochrane Library. If you're interested in the various entities involved with Cochrane please have a look at the following weblink:

We actively collaborate with several review groups (CRGs) where our scope crosses over, for example: Cochrane Gynaecological, Neuro-oncology and Orphan Cancers (CGNOC), Cochrane Back and Neck Group, Cochrane Anaesthesia, Critical, and Emergency Care (ACE), Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group, Neuromuscular Diseases Group, Cochrane Common Mental Disorders Group, and Cochrane Oral Health Group.