Healthcare:speciality value for doctor specializing in pain management?

healthcare:speciality=pain_medicine ?
healthcare:speciality=pain ?
healthcare:speciality=pain_management ?

Key:healthcare:speciality - OpenStreetMap Wiki has no word “pain” on that page. The same for “algiatry”.

There is older Key:health specialty: - OpenStreetMap Wiki* with health_specialty:pain_medicine

Example in Note: 3546322 | OpenStreetMap - triggered by New Quest: Speciality of medical practitioners · Issue #1020 · streetcomplete/StreetComplete · GitHub

I kind of wonder if this would be to general of a thing for a specific tag since really most doctors deal in pain management. That said, if it’s between the three options I’d go with Healthcare:speciality=pain_management since the other two options don’t really make sense.

A quick search shows that “Pain Management” or “Pain Management Service” are commonly used terms used in the UK.

I’d go with healthcare:speciality=pain_management, since the term is used by practitioners and simple to understand.

Best to try to find the official name of the specialization if it exists and is different from the colloquial name as the other values seem to follow that schema too.


I’d go with healthcare:speciality=pain_management, too. That’s actually the translation of “algiología” (Spanish).

There’s also healthcare:speciality=palliative, which emphasize pain management, but the distinction is important, because this speciality focuses on terminal illnesses. This is a more integral field of medicine which includes psychologycal accompaniment.

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There isn’t a really “pain management” degree, certification, medical field, specialty, or really anything else that makes someone a “pain manager” or whatever. So probably most of them are just chiropractors, physical therapists, alternative medicine practitioners (like say an acupuncturist or massage therapist) or some other specialty that is already being covered by another tag. So it’s probably better just to go with those other tags instead of using the same tag on a chiropractor’s office and a acupuncturist when there is no reason to just because they both tangentially deal with pain management.

Actually there is. They are called “Algiatrists”, and they describe themselves as Pain Medicine specialists or specialists in “Algiatry” (see a definition here). At least since 2006 they have been trying to introduce this speciality as you can confirm here.

Besides of the American Board of Pain Medicine, you can also confirm the existence of several Pain Medicine Departments, and even Faculties, all around the world, in schools of Medicine. But, yes, if the healthcare specialist is an acupuncturist, to name just one, that should be a different tag.


You’d have to agree there’s a difference between “trying to introduce the specialty” and it actually being one.

In the meantime from what I can tell the definition of an “Algatrist” is something along the lines of “Pain Medicine Specialists use a broad-based approach to treat all pain disorders, ranging from pain as a symptom of disease to pain as the primary disease. The pain physician serves as a consultant to other physicians but is often the principal treating physician.” So they are still physicians. They just happen to mainly treat people with chronic pain, but it’s not a separate discipline by any means.

Also according to Wikipedia “The typical pain management team includes The typical pain management team includes medical practitioners, pharmacists, clinical psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, physician assistants, nurses, and dentists.[3] The team may also include other mental health specialists and massage therapists.” So how is that definition any different from what I said that pain management people can be from literally any disciple in the medical field? The last time I checked a “pain management clinical psychologist” is still a clinical psychologist.

Personally I think a better approach to this would be to create sub tags specifically for the specialties. Otherwise your going to essentially gut part of tags like healthcare:speciality=dentist by tagging or retagging them to healthcare:speciality=pain_management just because they happen to specialize in that area. They are still dentists though. So why not just make that they specialize in pain management a key of dentistry instead of screwing with a pre-exiting tagging scheme that’s already being use for tagging dentists?